Same-Sex-Marriage Flashpoint: Alabama Considers Quitting The Marriage Business

Mar 1, 2018

By Debbie Elliott

Couples – gay or straight — looking for a marriage license in Pike County, Ala. won’t get one from local probate judge Wes Allen.

“We have not issued any marriage licenses since Feb. 9, 2015,” Allen says.

That’s when a federal judge struck down Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage. The state’s then-Chief Justice Roy Moore told local officials they weren’t bound by the federal court ruling. That threw Alabama’s marriage license system into chaos. Some offices closed altogether.

For Allen, the decision came down to his religious beliefs.

“I believe marriage is between a man and a woman and firmly believe that biblical world view,” he says. “And I couldn’t put my signature on a marriage license that I knew not to be marriage.”

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2 comments on “Same-Sex-Marriage Flashpoint: Alabama Considers Quitting The Marriage Business

  • @OP – “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman and firmly believe that biblical world view,” he says.

    If you have delusional beliefs – get some psychiatric counselling!

    “And I couldn’t put my signature on a marriage license that I knew not to be marriage.”

    If you can’t or won’t do the job you’re paid for, resign and seek some other employment, while a replacement who can do the job takes over!

    In the meantime, while Alabama is ruled by clowns creating a shambles, citizens should use wedding facilities elsewhere, and take their custom, hotel, and reception spending, to some state which can get its act together!



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  • Whenever I hear stories like this or or the South Carolina “parody marriage” lunacy, Judge Roy Moore for senate, building arks with public funds, etc., I picture myself at the head of a class for dumb ideas full of all 50 states saying, “Now let’s not always see the same hands…”



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