HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – United States Attorney Joyce White Vance of the Northern District of Alabama and Kenyen Brown of the Southern District of Alabama have released a statement following Chief Justice Roy Moore’s order barring probates from issuing same-sex marriage licenses.
Several probates across the state have said they are awaiting more counsel after Moore’s order came down, which appears to contradict a recent Supreme Court decision.
The attorneys cite “grave concerns” about the order. They say since it’s already been decided by the nation’s highest court, probates must follow that rather than Moore. They write that courts are not free to disobey the supreme court on marriage equality. The full statement is below:
“The Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court has issued an administrative order, directing probate judges that they may not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last year on marriage equality. We have grave concerns about this order, which directs Alabama probate judges to disobey the ruling of the Supreme Court,” said U.S. Attorneys Joyce White Vance of the Northern District of Alabama and Kenyen Brown of the Southern District of Alabama. “Government officials are free to disagree with the law, but not to disobey it. This issue has been decided by the highest court in the land and Alabama must follow that law.”