FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 9, 2015
STATEMENT OF ATTORNEY GENERAL LUTHER STRANGE
IN RESPONSE TO U.S. SUPREME COURT’S REFUSAL
TO GRANT A STAY OF ALABAMA SAME SEX MARRIAGE RULING
(Montgomery) – Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange expressed regret over the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to grant the State of Alabama’s motion for a stay of the January 23, 2015, U.S. District Court ruling striking down Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban.
“I regret the Supreme Court’s decision not to stay the federal district court’s ruling until the high court finally settles the issue this summer,” said Attorney General Strange. “In the absence of a stay, there will likely be more confusion in the coming months leading up to the Supreme Court’s anticipated ruling on the legality of same-sex marriage.
“With the lifting of the 14-day stay on February 9, 2015, the U.S. District Court order remains in effect, enjoining me from enforcing Alabama’s laws against same-sex marriage in my official capacity as Attorney General.
"To clarify my authority in this matter, the Alabama Attorney General’s Office does not issue marriage licenses, perform marriage ceremonies, or issue adoption certificates. The Chief Justice has explained in a public memorandum that probate judges do not report to me. I advise probate judges to talk to their attorneys and associations about how to respond to the ruling. Furthermore, I encourage any state agencies with questions about the ruling in Searcy and Strawser to contact the Governor’s Office.”