Alabama arrests ordained minister for performing same-sex marriage, State’s anti-equality Chief Justice gets support from KKK
Anne Susan Diprizio, an ordained minister, was arrested Tuesday at the Autauga County Probate Office for performing a same-sex marriage.
She was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
“I will say I was nothing but polite, and there was nothing disorderly about my conduct,” 44-year-old Diprizio told MSNBC.
“The only person who was behaving disorderly was [Autauga County Probate] Judge Booth, who was aggressive, rude, hateful, not gentlemanly, had no southern manners – nothing you would expect from a good man,” she said.
When the ruling initially took place, legal experts warned that probate judges would be arrested and held in contempt for refusing to issue licenses – this event seems to point to the opposite.
“If the (federal) court issues an order and they refuse to comply with the order, then the court can find them in contempt of court, which could result in a fine or incarceration until they purge themselves of the contempt,” former U.S. District Court Judge U.W. Clemon said to AL.com.
Alabama’s handling of same-sex marriages has been in chaos since the Supreme Court refused to stay the unions on Monday.
As of this afternoon, about 56% of AL counties are issuing the licenses while the rest are either issuing no license or only issuing licenses to heterosexual couples.
The state’s issues stem from a State Supreme Court Justice, Chief Justice Moore, sending out a letter to all probate judges to defy SCOTUS and not issue licenses. He, as many other anti-gay marriage advocates, disagreed with federal courts striking same-sex marriage bans put in place by popular vote.
AL’s ban was added to their state constitution in 2006 after 81% of voters supported it.
“Effective immediately, no probate judge of the state of Alabama nor any agent or employee of any Alabama probate judge shall issue or recognize a marriage license that is inconsistent with … the Alabama Constitution,” read Moore’s order.
Moore has been clear about his personal issues with same-sex marriage, saying it could lead to ”marriages between men and their daughters or women and their sons.”
He has found support from other conservatives in the state, like the Klu Klux Klan, who “saluted” the judge for defying the higher court.
“The Feds have no authority over individual States marriage laws,” the hate group told AL.com.
Top image – Tori and Shanté have their marriage license in hand this morning in Montgomery, Alabama! via Equality Alabama Facebook page
Ben Weiner is a contributor for GayRVA and RVAMag. 'Nuff said.
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