“The Alabama Supreme Court has now demonstrated a willingness to defy and nullify a decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and the federal district court for the southern district of Alabama,” said David Kennedy, who represented the couple whose case resulted in [U.S. District Judge Callie] Granade’s ruling.

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Commentary by The Secular Jurist:  A constitutional crisis over same-sex marriage remains a real possibility.  Like the issue of slavery embedded within the South’s states’ rights argument, the federal government is being forced into deciding whether or not to exert its legal authority.  The extreme right-wing activists of Christian fundamentalism simply will not give up without a fight.

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