Alabama has a tepid relationship towards LGBT rights. While Alabama, like all other states, recognizes the right of same-sex couples to marry following the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges , the conservative state legislature and courts are often on the lookout for ways to limit the scope of that decision. Read on for some of the laws and cases that have impacted the rights of LGBT persons and same-sex couples to adopt in Alabama, and contact an experienced Alabama adoption attorney with any additional questions.
Defiance in Alabama, as same-sex marriage ruling takes effect
Federal judge strikes down Alabama bans on same-sex marriage - Los Angeles Times
The federal judge who struck down Alabama's laws banning same-sex marriage reaffirmed her decision Thursday evening, but delayed its implementation. In a series of opinions issued in one of the same-sex marriage cases, Callie V. Granade, U. District Judge for the Southern District of Alabama, ordered all Alabama probate judges who issue marriage licenses to issue them to same-sex couples, and said an Alabama Supreme Court decision in March banning the licenses could not be grounds for denying them. Granade struck down Alabama's law and constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in two separate decisions in late January, finding they violated same-sex couples' due process and equal protection rights under the 14th Amendment to the U.
Top Alabama judge orders state to ignore federal gay marriage rulings
Most county probate judges refused to issue marriage licenses in Alabama on Monday. February 9, The ruling took effect Monday.
But when it comes to the LGBTQ community, the state's decades-old sex education law requires instructors to state that homosexuality "is not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public and that homosexual conduct is a criminal offense under the laws of the state. As a gay man himself, Christon-Walker refuses to say those words. If an LGBTQ student asks him a questions about sexual health, he just redirects the conversation somehow -- which can be harmful to a youth's self-worth. He thinks about Nigel Shelby - an openly gay Huntsville teen whose name has been spread across the nation after he died by suicide in April.