Social media gives the finger to Alabama Supreme Court

Following Alabama's Supreme Court ruling to halt same-sex marriages in the state, actor and activist George Takei (pictured with husband Brad) took to social media on Wednesday, urging gay marriage supporters to give the state the "wedding finger" via the #LuvUAlabama hashtag.

Social media is flipping the finger after the Alabama Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the state’s same-sex marriage ban should stand.

The court halted such marriages in the state, despite a federal judge’s ruling that struck down the ban earlier this year.

“We’re through the looking glass here,” lawyer David Kennedy, who represented a same-sex couple in a federal court case, told the New York Times. “There is no matrix for what comes next when the Alabama Supreme Court attempts to pull judicial nullification on a federal court. We’ve seen it with governors and attorneys general before but I’ve never seen it with a state supreme court." 

Despite the confusion surrounding embroiled federal and state entities, advocacy groups and supporters of same-sex marriage are keeping their sights set on true marriage equality for Alabama residents, including actor and activist George Takei.

Takei's Wednesday Facebook post, showcasing the #LuvUAlabama hashtag, garnered over 100,000 likes and hundreds of tweets featuring same-sex marriage supporters "flipping off" Alabama lawmakers with their adorned ring fingers.

With the new 148-page emergency petition writ of mandamus, two area organizations and several probate judges rest their argument against same-sex marriage in the state mainly on the 1998 Alabama Marriage Protection Act.

The document defines marriage on state terms as “inherently a unique relationship between a man and a woman.” The act also states that no marriage license will be issued to same-sex couples in the state of Alabama.

Following the release of the petition, no Alabama counties will be providing marriage licenses to same-sex couples with a few no longer providing marriage licenses at all. However, prior to Tuesday’s action, 48 Alabama counties out of 67 were following a federal order, issuing marriage licenses to all couples as of Feb. 18, according to the HRC.

Montgomery County Probate Judge Steven Reed also took to social media Wednesday afternoon, explaining that until further notice, not even the state's capital will be providing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

"The Supreme Court ruling is binding so this is where we are...for now," said via a Facebook post. In a linked article, Reed expressed that while he's aware of the federal ruling and has upheld it in the past, he plans to uphold the state Supreme Court's tentative decision.

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