The gay marriage law has become controversial once again as Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore refuses to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples.
The chief justice of the state has released an administrative order on Jan. 6 to ban the issuance of gay marriage licenses. Although the Supreme Court already made same sex marriage legal, Moore wrote that the decision was at odds with existing orders.
“Until further decision by the Alabama Supreme Court, the existing orders of the Alabama Supreme Court that Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to license contrary to the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment or the Alabama Marriage Protection Act remain in full force and effect,” Moore wrote, as quoted by Weld for Birmingham.
Since the Alabama Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court did not have a similar decision regarding the issue last March, government institutions in the state got confused and uncertain. Some are issuing marriage licenses while others are not, Reuters reported.
The gay community got enraged with the judge’s decision. Gay marriage activists including legal experts questioned and rebuked the said order. The community claims that the U.S.Supreme Court already approved same sex marriage in the 50 states, which invalidates Moore’s directive.
Probate Judge Steven Reed already expressed that they will ignore the order. Others also criticized Moore for his decision. The president of Southern Poverty Law Center Richard Cohen was not happy with the directive given by Moore.
“Chief Justice Roy Moore is once again demonstrating that he is unfit to hold office,” Cohen wrote on SPLC’s website.
While many are throwing insults toward the chief justice, Kim Davis, a lawyer in Kentucky who was imprisoned for not signing gay marriage licenses, praised Moore’s action.