Politico: Alabama Supreme Court halts same-sex marriage, again
The Alabama Supreme Court halted same-sex marriage in the state Tuesday night, weeks after a United States District Court judge instructed a probate judge in the Southern state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Seven of the state's nine justices wrote in their 134-page order that Alabama has "chosen the traditional definition of marriage" throughout its history, adding that "the U.S. Constitution does not require one definition or the other."
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Roy Moore, the chief justice of the state's Supreme Court, has been a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage, though he appears to have recused himself from this particular case, AL.com reports.
The decision puts the state in conflict with the federal ruling. The U.S. Supreme Court last month declined to stay a federal district court ruling that declared the state's marriage restrictions unconstitutional, meaning that same-sex marriage could proceed in the Deep South state.