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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Federal Court Strikes Down Ban on Same-Sex Marriage in Alabama

"This case challenges the constitutionality of the State of Alabama’s “Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment” and the “Alabama Marriage Protection Act.” It is before the Court on cross motions for summary judgment (Docs. 21, 22, 47 & 48). For the reasons explained below, the Court finds the challenged laws to be unconstitutional on Equal Protection and Due Process Grounds...

For the reasons stated above, Plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment (Doc. 21), is GRANTED and Defendant's motion for summary judgment (Docs. 47), is DENIED.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Ala.CONST. ART. I, § 3603 (2006) and Ala. CODE 1975 § 30-1-19 are unconstitutional because they violate they Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment."

Judge Callie V. S. Granade, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, Southern  Division, January 23, 2015.

      click here to read entire decision (not quite primary source)

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