Alabama Judge Begs State Supreme Court To Nullify SCOTUS Marriage Ruling

Alabama Probate Judge Nick Williams issued a demand to the Alabama State Supreme Court – nullify the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision for marriage equality.

He explains why in an 18 page brief:

“Throughout the nation, defenders of traditional marriage and defenders of constitutional federalism looked – and continue to look – to Alabama as their last best hope.

The eyes of the nation are again turned upon Alabama. This court has the lifetime opportunity to issue a landmark ruling that could inspire other courts, officials, and legislatures to stand with us.

For such a time as this, the justices of the Alabama Supreme Court have an opportunity to safety traditional marriage and spark a rebirth of constitutional federalism. Who knows when, or if, that opportunity will come again?

Public confidence in the judiciary is not defined by thoughts emanating from 400 Washington Avenue in Montgomery. It is promoted not by those who would elevate five unelected lawyers to the statues of semi-absolute rulers. Public confidence in the judiciary is promoted by those who would restore the checks and balances among the three branches of the federal government and who would restore the state judiciaries to their proper place in our constitutional system of government.”

He fails his oath of office, to uphold the U.S. Constitution. Within that document, it sets the Supreme Court as the final arbiter of laws and constitutionality. The Supreme Court of Alabama is subject to the decision of the federal courts as a result. And now, what he is doing will make him mocked in future history books, much how George Wallace now is ridiculed, not praised, for his famous speech where he demanded a little girl not attend school due to the color of her skin.

And what, pray tell, does he hope to accomplish? Does he intend for Alabama to overrule the federal government? What legal structure and precedent exists for that? These questions should have been asked before he ever filed his briefing, with the explanation included. His lack of one should tell us everything we need to know about the merits of his position.

Southern Poverty Law Center President Richard Cohen notes that this attack mirrors classic measures from Alabama’s shameful history:

“Alabama has had a sorry history of representing the rights of the unpopular. Last century it was the rights of African Americans and now it’s the right of the LGBT community.”

Alabama, once again you are an embarrassment for the nation. It is time to leave the 1850s, and join us in the 21st century.

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