World News #11 – Alabama Homophobia
“The Autauga County Sheriff in Alabama said that an ordained minister was arrested refusing to leave the Autauga County Probate Office on Tuesday, and not for trying to perform a same-sex marriage.
Anne Susan Diprizio, 44, of Prattville, Alabama, was trying to officiate the wedding of a same-sex couple inside the office just after the couple received their marriage license.
Same-sex couples married in some Alabama courthouses today, but many counties refused to allow the unions despite rulings on Monday from a federal judge and the U.S. Supreme Court to permit them.”
– ABCNews, Alabama Minister Arrested for Disorderly Conduct After Trying to Officiate Gay Marriage.
“A day after a federal ruling legalizing same-sex marriage took effect in Alabama, a federal judge set a hearing that could determine whether resistant local probate judges must grant licenses to gay couples. At the same time, some officials who had refused to issue the licenses, in compliance with a state judicial ruling, reversed course.
The probate judges are caught between conflicting signals from the state and federal judiciaries. State law does not require these judges to be lawyers, yet they are being called on to consider constitutional matters involving the interplay of federal and state authority. Generally they deal with matters like adoptions, guardianships and name changes.”
– New York Times, Federal Judge Sets Hearing in Alabama on Same-Sex Marriage?
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