Alabama Ban on Marriage Equality Struck Down by Federal Court

Author: The Human Rights Campaign
Published: Saturday 24th January 2015
Summary: Judge rules in favor of equality, striking down discriminatory constitutional amendment banning same-sex couples from marrying in Alabama.


Granade, appointed by President George W. Bush, stated in her ruling:

There is no law prohibiting infertile couples, elderly couples, or couples who do not wish to procreate from marrying.

Nor does the state prohibit recognition of marriages between such couples from other states.

The Attorney General fails to demonstrate any rational, much less compelling, link... the laws in question are an irrational way of promoting biological relationships in Alabama.

"Judge Granade's ruling today affirms what we already know to be true - that all loving, committed Alabama couples should have the right to marry," said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow.

"As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear a landmark case on marriage equality, today's ruling joins the dozens and dozens of others that have recognized that committed and loving gay and lesbian couples deserve equal treatment under the law."

"Alabama families, LGBT or not, simply want to provide for their children in a community that includes and affirms them, under laws that protect them equally and fairly," said HRC Alabama director Ashley Jackson.

"This ruling is a key step forward to achieving those equal dreams, and HRC Alabama congratulates all the advocates who made this day possible."

There was no stay placed on the ruling. In the absence of a successful stay request by the state, couples can begin applying for marriage licenses as soon as clerks offices open.

HRC congratulates the plaintiffs and attorneys involved in the case on this historic victory.


Similar Topics


From our News section - Full List (66 Items)

Send us your coming events and LGBTQ related news stories.


Diversity in the Television Sector


LGBT Community Connectedness Differences Between LGB Republicans and LGB Democrats


Black Men and Sexual Minority Men Overrepresented in U.S. Among Commited Sex Offenders


Over Five Million LGBT Adults in the U.S. are Religious


Canada Reintroduces Legislation to Criminalize Conversion Therapy Related Conduct


No Difference in Health Outcomes for Transgender and Cisgender Parents


LGBT People 4 Times More Likely to be Victims of Violent Crime


Pathways Into Poverty for LGBTQ Adults Study



Tsara Shelton
"Storytellers are powerful and we are all storytellers," suggests Tsara Shelton, author of the book Spinning in Circles and Learning from Myself: A Collection of Stories that Slowly Grow Up..


LGBT Awareness & Events
List of important LGBT awareness dates and coming sexual diversity events.


Transgender Reporting Guide - English
Guide for those writing on transgender and LGBT community - Spanish Version.
Sexuality Definitions
List of definitions and glossary of sexual terms, abbreviations and their meanings.