United States Supreme Court Refuses to Grant Stay in Strange v. Searcy

marriageequality This morning, the United States Supreme Court refused Alabama’s request to stay the issuance of licenses for gay marriages, pending appeal.  Submitted to Justice Thomas on February 3rd, the denial was announced this morning for Strange v. SearcyJustice Thomas drafted a dissent from the denial and was joined by Justice Scalia.    According to the New York Times, some Alabama counties began issuing licenses to gay couples and marrying them while other counties followed Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s Sunday order, instructing probate courts not to issue such licenses.  As the Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal indicated, chaos reigned in Alabama probate courts regarding the issuance of such licenses with some courts granting.

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