The U.S Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama voted to allow same-sex marriages starting today in Alabama. Alabama became the 37th state (plus Washington D.C.) added to the list of states which allow same-sex marriages. Not everyone was on board though. The rather conservative, chief justice of the state Supreme Court, Roy Moore, had some last-minute efforts to stop the marriages from happening. However, that didn’t stop couples from gathering at various court houses across the state.
Moore believed that his efforts to stop the marriages were necessary to keep justice in the state.
Moore: “Effective immediately, no Probate Judge of the State of Alabama nor any agent or employee of any Alabama Probate Judge shall issue or recognize a marriage license that is inconsistent” with the state code or constitution.
A section of the Alabama state code also states that “marriage is inherently a unique relationship between a man and a woman.” Some courts obeyed the decision made by the Supreme Court, and others sided with Moore and only issued traditional marriage licenses. Tuscaloosa, Shelby, Marshall and Houston counties are just a few declining to issue the same-sex licenses, but many others have decided to follow the U.S. Constitution and federal court order.
Although many people in the U.S. are still against same-sex marriage, they are going to have to accept it. Before we know it, every state will allow this. It’s going to be a part of our society and yes, it is and will continue to cause problems. We still have racist and feminist groups today regardless of how long ago these issues were dealt with. We live in a time where everything can change in a blink of an eye and we have to prepare ourselves for those changes; good or bad.