The “Sanctity of Marriage” Rally Counter Protest – February 21, 2015

On Saturday, February 21, 2015, about 150 people showed up to protest against gay marriage at the Alabama State Capitol.

Being the activist that I am, I couldn’t resist the chance to peacefully counter protest & show the local LGBT community that they had support.  Of course, it made the local paper.

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The Montgomery Advertiser, February 22, 2015.

I will say there was one thing I was surprised by at the rally: the amount of white supremacist/neo-confederate people that were there.  With all the hateful rhetoric from some Alabama politicians, I am very afraid for the LGBT community (and their supporters).  But I will not stop, and I will not be scared.  Besides, I like making snarky signs too much.  😉

"If Gay Marriage Threatens Your Straight Marriage, One Of You Is Gay!"

“If Gay Marriage Threatens Your Straight Marriage, One Of You Is Gay!”

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Where can I get married in Alabama if I am an LGBT couple?

As of Sunday, February 15, 2015, here are the places where you can obtain a same sex marriage license:

Counties issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples: Autauga, Barbour, Baldwin, Blount, Bullock, Butler, Calhoun, Cherokee, Chilton, Coffee, Colbert, Conecuh, Crenshaw, Dale, Dallas, Elmore, Escambia, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Henry, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lee, Limestone, Lowndes, Macon, Madison, Marshall, Mobile, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Perry, Russell, Talladega, Tuscaloosa, Wilcox, Winston.

Counties issuing marriage licenses to heterosexual couples only: Chambers, Clay, Cleburne, Covington, Dekalb, Marengo, Shelby, Sumter, St. Clair, Washington.

Counties issuing no marriage licenses: Bibb, Choctaw, Clarke, Coosa, Cullman, Geneva, Houston, Pike, Randolph, Tallapoosa, Walker.

Counties that will start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples next week: Hale, Marion, Pickens.

**Please note that Monday, February 16, 2015 is President’s Day, and all Alabama Probate Offices are closed.

What in the H-E-Double Hockey Sticks, Alabamastan?!?

MONTGOMERY — In a relatively rare move, the Alabama Supreme Court has issued a writ of mandamus requested by the Alabama Policy Institute allowing the opportunity for the court to officially rule on whether or not Alabama’s probate judges are violating the Alabama constitution by issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

writ of mandamus is an “order from a court to an inferior government official ordering the government official to properly fulfill their official duties or correct an abuse of discretion.”

According to Alabama Policy Institute lawyer Eric Johnston, the writ essentially provides an opportunity to argue before the Alabama Supreme Court that probate judges must abide by the Alabama Constitution’s Sanctity of Marriage amendment.

It was previously questioned whether or not Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore had the authority to compel probate judges stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

If the Alabama Supreme Court rules that probate judges must abide by the Sanctity of Marriage amendment, the only court that can overturn their ruling is the US Supreme Court. The same-sex marriages performed in the state during the last week would remain in limbo until the US Supreme Court rules this summer.

“That’s one of the disappointing things is [judge Granade’s] ruling is putting all these people in the position of thinking they’re married, and what if some of them die and want to inherit from each other… It just causes confusion and should not have been done,” Johnston told Yellowhammer Friday evening.

Read the rest of the ridiculousnesses (if you can stomach it) here:

http://yellowhammernews.com/faithandculture/exclusive-alabama-supreme-court-consider-whether-probate-judges-cease-issuing-gay-marriage-licenses/

Alabama Counties Refusing Same Sex Marriage Licenses, Probate Courts refusing to sign licenses, and Probate Courts not Performing Marriages for LGBT (and straight!) Couples

**IMPORTANT ALABAMA LGBT MARRIAGE LICENSE INFO**

List will probably update throughout the weekend. Confirmed info only. Please feel free to link to sources in the comments.  (Updated as of 2/7/15)

ALABAMA COUNTIES REFUSING MARRIAGE LICENSES TO LGBT COUPLES:
Pike (*straight people too)
Washington
Covington
Clarke (*straight people too)

ALABAMA COUNTIES REFUSING TO SIGN LGBT MARRIAGE LICENSES:
Marengo
Dekalb

ALABAMA PROBATE COURTS REFUSING TO DO MARRIAGE CEREMONIES:
Elmore
Chilton
Marengo
Geneva
Dale
Houston
Coffee
Henry
Marshall
Jackson
Dekalb
Madison
Calhoun
Limestone
Lauderdale
Colbert
Shelby (*stopped performing ceremonies a couple of months ago)
Franklin (*stopped performing ceremonies 3 weeks ago)
Morgan (*stopped performing ceremonies in Sept 2014)

IF YOU OR ANBODY YOU KNOW HAS  ANY PROBLEMS OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE ON MONDAY, PLEASE CONTACT THE ACLU OF ALABAMA AT THE INFO BELOW

Please contact the ACLU of Alabama at: 334-265-2754 or info@acluofalabama for legal assistance.

Please contact the ACLU of Alabama at: 334-265-2754 or info@acluofalabama for legal assistance.

**IF YOU SEE ANY MISSING COUNTIES ON THIS LIST – PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT ON THIS BLOG IN THE COMMENTS WITH A LINK TO CONFIRM.  THANKS!!**

Same-sex marriage in Alabama could generate $22 million from weddings in first 3 years, study says

From this story on AL.com:

A judge’s decision to strike down Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage could not only pave the way for thousands of couples to wed, but also could generate more than $20 million to the state and local economy.

From book venues to catering to buying goods, couples rack up expenses for their wedding ceremonies and celebrations. Spending related to those weddings could boost tourism throughout the state, the study says.

It estimates that those events would generate about $21.7 million, along with an additional $1.8 million in sales tax revenue. They also are expected to create between 108 and 323 jobs in tourism and recreation.

According to The Wedding Report, the average wedding in Alabama in 2012 cost more than $20,000. Study authors estimate that, based on several factors including less likelihood of financial support, same-sex couples would spend about $5,000 on their weddings.

The researchers also note that couples from nearby states, where same-sex marriage bans remain in place, might travel to Alabama to get married.

Well, it’s certainly not enough to cover the anywhere from $200 million to $700 million shortfall estimate in Alabama’s budget, but $22 million is certainly not anything to sneeze at.  And these are estimates – the true amount could be much higher – will also create job opportunities, something that the State of Alabama has to “bribe” businesses with tax cuts & “incentives” to provide.

P.S. Never read the comments on AL.com.  Your blood pressure will thank you.

FREE LGBT marriage officiating at the Montgomery Probate Office on February 9th!

I will be at the Montgomery County Probate Office on February 9th offering FREE officiating ceremonies to anyone who wants them that day (or later that night at KRU on Mt. Meigs).  My friend Christiane will also be there taking FREE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHS of your nuptials with her professional camera equipment.  (Digital files only, you can always take them to a photo service location and have them printed out.)  Leave me a comment if you plan on being there that day and would like me to officiate for you, or email me at:  AlabamaGayWeddingOfficiant (at) gmail (dot) com.