Gay Marriage Has Alabama Near Revolt

The state Supreme Court issues a 134-page ruling that clearly defies a federal court order in an effort to stop same-sex weddings.

Even though I’ve been warning about a mounting confrontation between the state of Alabama and the federal courts on gay marriage for the last month, I have to admit that I find the latest development pretty shocking. In a 134-page opinion, issued on the eve of the King v. Burwell argument when legal attention will be elsewhere, the Alabama Supreme Court has flatly ordered state probate judges not to issue marriage licenses despite a federal district court order making it clear they were obligated to do so.

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