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Stepping Up for Doug Jones — in Queens

Stepping Up for Doug Jones — in Queens

BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | I don’t want to say “I told you so.” But I told you so: that Doug Jones was going to win the special election for the US Senate in Alabama. I knew this about a week before the election, because I looked at what I saw in front of me and made an […]

Retroactivity of Supreme Court Marriage Ruling Weighed, Ducked

Retroactivity of Supreme Court Marriage Ruling Weighed, Ducked

    BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In two recent cases involving the rights of the surviving partners of deceased gay men, courts have confronted the question of whether marriage rights for same-sex couples, recognized last June by the US Supreme Court, should be read back into the past. In a case out of Alabama, the […]

Alabama Lesbian Mom’s Case Closer To Supreme Court Review

Alabama Lesbian Mom’s Case Closer To Supreme Court Review

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A lesbian mother’s quest for joint custody of the children she had adopted in Georgia and raised together with her former same-sex partner, the children’s biological mother, took a step closer to the Supreme Court on December 14, when the high court granted her a stay of an adverse ruling from […]

Mobile Marriage License Window Remains Shuttered  

Mobile Marriage License Window Remains Shuttered  

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Alabama’s Mobile County Probate Court is not issuing marriage licenses to anybody, as Judge Don Davis — caught between a federal district court order that names him and a contradictory ruling from the State Supreme Court — tries to figure out exactly what he is supposed to be doing. On January […]

Alabama: Will Dixie Defiance Crumble?

Alabama: Will Dixie Defiance Crumble?

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With the Supreme Court’s refusal, since last October, to block marriage equality rulings from federal appeals courts as well as some US district courts, 18 new states have been added to the roster of places same-sex couples can legally wed. Officials in several states were outspoken about their unhappiness and creative — […]

We’ve Nearly Arrived in Dothan

We’ve Nearly Arrived in Dothan

BY TROY MASTERS | As a crimson tide of same-sex marriage rolls across Alabama, lives are being transformed right before our eyes. This week marks another huge stage in the paradigm shift that has remade that state in the past 50 years. And if racial progress upended a way of life in Alabama centuries old, gay […]

UPDATED: As State Supreme Court Chief Justice Orders Resistance, US High Court Declines to Block Alabama Marriages

UPDATED: As State Supreme Court Chief Justice Orders Resistance, US High Court Declines to Block Alabama Marriages

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As it has done consistently since early October, the United States Supreme Court this morning denied the State of Alabama’s petition to extend the stay on two federal court marriage equality rulings while the state prepares to appeal them. [Editor’s update: On February 12, US District Court Judge Callie V.S. Granade ordered […]

11th Circuit Denies Alabama’s Bid to Extend Stay on Marriage Rulings

11th Circuit Denies Alabama’s Bid to Extend Stay on Marriage Rulings

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a brief order, a three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied the State of Alabama’s request that it stay two recent marriage equality rulings to give the state time to appeal them. The February 3 order, which provided no explanation, came in regard to two cases decided by […]

A Second Marriage Equality Ruling in Alabama

A Second Marriage Equality Ruling in Alabama

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The federal judge who last week struck down Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban in the case of a lesbian couple seeking to have their California marriage recognized by their home state has issued a second marriage equality ruling in a case brought by two gay men wishing to marry. Ruling in a suit brought […]

Federal Judge Stays Her Alabama Marriage Order for 14 Days

Federal Judge Stays Her Alabama Marriage Order for 14 Days

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The federal judge who issued a marriage equality ruling in Alabama on January 23 has now stayed her ruling for 14 days to allow the state the opportunity to seek a longer stay from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals as it wages an appeal on the merits to that court. In […]

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