Haters to the left! And by the left, we mean the corner, because you're wrong and you need a time out.
The U.S. Supreme Court decided on Monday that same-sex marriages in Alabama can continue and that the ban was "indecorous."
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HOWEVER, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote a dissent, and Justice Antonin Scalia joined in, noted that the action is in-step with recent legal decisions, but acknowledged that it's not traditional. In his dissent, Thomas wrote:
"This court looks the other way as yet another federal district judge casts aside state laws without making any effort to preserve the status quo pending the court's resolution of a constitutional question it left open in United States v. Windsor… This acquiescence may well be seen as a signal of the Court's intended resolution of that question. This is not the proper way to discharge our… responsibilities. And, it is indecorous for this Court to pretend that it is… Today's decision represents yet another example of this Court's increasingly cavalier attitude toward the states… In this case, the Court refuses even to grant a temporary stay when it will resolve the issue at hand in several months… I would have shown the people of Alabama the respect they deserve and preserved the status quo while the court resolves this important constitutional question."
As for the vote itself, the Washington Post reported:
"The majority of the court did not give a reason for denying the stay, and it should not be interpreted to mean there was a 7-2 vote to deny Alabama's request.
Some justices may have thought Alabama should receive a stay, but did not join Thomas's dissent. All that is clear from Monday's action is that a majority of the nine justices turned down the request, and only Thomas and Scalia gave reasons for their actions."
All over Alabama, same-sex couples were thrilled to get marriage licenses, but some court houses, like at Pike County Courthouse, no marriage licenses at all were given out, no matter who you wanted to marry, because they were butthurt.
However, many were like Judge Alan L. King of Probate Court in Jefferson County, who was happy to say:
"At the end of the day, it's still a very simple legal analysis: You've got a federal court order. This is a happy day for all of these couples, and if you can't be happy for people, then I'm sorry. If someone can't understand the joy and happiness of others, then I don't know what else I can say."
We can only hope that one day everyone would learn to be as accepting!
[Image via AP Images.]
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