Staver: Alabama's 'gay marriage' licenses are void

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

The founder of Liberty Counsel says it never was legal – and still isn't – for the state of Alabama to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The Alabama Supreme Court issued an order on Tuesday barring probate judges from issuing same-sex "marriage" licenses. A federal court in January overturned Alabama's voter-approved constitutional amendment defining marriage as one man and one woman. Following a ruling against that amendment by a federal district judge in Mobile, some probate judges in the state began issuing marriage licenses to homosexuals.

Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver tells OneNewsNow the latest order from the Alabama Supreme Court brings that to a halt.

Staver

"This is a game-changer in Alabama – [and] this may be a game-changer throughout the United States," the attorney states. "This is putting the state judiciary up against the federal judiciary or anyone else who wants to come up with some cockeyed view that somehow the Constitution now births some newfound notion of same-sex marriage."

As for the marriage licenses already issued to homosexual couples, Staver says they are null and void.

"The fact is it wasn't legal to issue the same-sex marriage licenses throughout the state of Alabama in the first place – and issuing them now is not legal," he explains. "So these are void and have no legal effect in Alabama."

The Alabama Supreme Court announced its 7-1 decision yesterday. Chief Justice Roy Moore recused himself from the vote.

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to determine the constitutionality of state marriage amendments by late June.

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