The Supreme Court of Alabama dismissed a so-called “Motion for Clarification and Reaffirmation of the Court’s Orders Upholding and Enforcing Alabama’s Marriage Laws” on Friday, effectively reaching the unremarkable conclusion that they cannot halt the Supreme Court of the United States’ decision that marriage equality is the law of the law.
It took them 170 pages to explain this conclusion.
The Alabama justices’ actual order on marriage equality is exactly one sentence long — “IT IS ORDERED that all pending motions and petitions are DISMISSED.” This single sentence, however, is accompanied by well over a hundred pages worth of opinions complaining about the landmark marriage equality decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.
If you really care to read these complaints, you can do so here. There, you can read Chief Justice Roy Moore’s conclusion that “the Obergefell majority ‘exceed[s] the commission from which they derive their authority’ and are ‘tyrants.'”
You can find Justice Tom Parker’s statement that “Obergefell conclusively demonstrates that the rule of law is dead.”
You can savor Justice Glenn Murdock’s opinion that “a group of judges can declare all it wants that two people of the same sex can ‘marry,’ but . . . they cannot change ‘the nature and reason of the thing” called marriage.'”
And, you can admire Justice Michael Bolin’s restraint when he somewhat reluctantly decides that he will not “reenact the type [of] defiance the State of Georgia and President Andrew Jackson espoused when Georgia refused to comply with a Supreme Court order” because “we have already had one war with kinsmen fighting kinsmen” and “we do not need another.”
Or you can ignore these men’s opinions, and focus on the bottom line. The forces of discrimination just lost one of their last stands against equality.