Gay Marriage Split In Alabama
Federal judge’s ruling legalized same-sex marriage in the conservative state of Alabama. The judges within the major cities of the state are issuing marriage licenses to all people without a problem. However, most judges in Alabama aren’t issuing marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples due to Chief Justice Moore’s ban.
Chief Justice Moore is going against the federal ruling and asking for judges in the state to not issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. As of last week, 59 out of the 67 counties in Alabama aren’t processing the paperwork for same-sex marriage licenses following the Chief’s ban. He believes that the federal government is overstepping their boundaries in state rulings, and with this ban, he’s standing up for state rights.
A civilian in Alabama stated that he supports the Chief Moore’s efforts in standing up for state rights, however he thinks the federal ruling came at bad time. Alabama is a conservative state where most people don’t approve of same-sex marriages.
Chief Moore’s ban against giving licenses to gay and lesbian couples was short lived. Now, only a little over 20 out of the 67 counties in Alabama aren’t issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. However, some judges insist on stepping down instead of letting two men or two women marry each other.
This result shouldn’t be surprising considering Alabama is a conservative state. Marriage should be available to all human beings regardless of it’s between two men or two women. What goes on in people’s personal lives don’t affect anyone else, which leaves my opinion on Chief Moore’s ban wavering. I agree with Chief Moore sticking up for state rights because he thinks the federal government is controlling the state. However, it’s unfair that Chief Moore is asking judges not to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. I understand that he’s supporting state rights by having Alabama deciding on what to do with marriage within their state, but he’s prohibiting something great that promotes equality amongst the state. It’s a tough call between standing up for state rights, while limiting couples from reaching their ultimate goal.