Yesterday, the U.S Supreme Court voted to legalise same-sex marriage nationwide and some people in the country really aren’t taking it well.
In a bizarre and petty protest, at least three counties in the southern state of Alabama have decided to stop issuing marriage licences altogether.
Geneva County probate judge Fred Hamic said under Alabama law he had the right to refuse to issue marriage licences.
In a statement to the Dothan Eagle, Hamic said:
Section 30-1-9 of the Alabama Code of 1975 says a probate judge may issue a marriage licence. It doesn’t say a probate judge has to issue a marriage licence. I will not be doing any more ceremonies.
Meanwhile, Pike County probate judge Wes Allen stopped issuing licences to both gay and straight couples back in February as a means of preventing same-sex marriage.
Speaking to AP about how “saddened” he was by the Supreme Court’s decision, Allen said:
My office discontinued issuing marriage licences in February and I have no plans to put Pike County back into the marriage business. The policy of my office regarding marriage is no different today than it was yesterday.
This news follows Alabama chief justice Ray Allen’s outrageous comments yesterday in which he called the same-sex marriage ruling “even worse” than the Court’s 19th century decision to uphold racial segregation.
Seriously, some people are gay. Get over it, guys!