Alabama Justice Warns He May Abolish Marriage Entirely If Same-Sex Weddings Are Allowed


Justice Glenn Murdock would rather residents in Alabama live in sin, thus be thrown into the fiery pits of hell upon their death, instead of allowing same-sex couples to marry.


Sounds perfectly reasonable.

Think Progress reports:

An obscure, two-page opinion by an Alabama Supreme Court justice contains an ominous warning. If marriage equality remains the law in Alabama, Justice Glenn Murdock may vote to abolish marriage in his state altogether.

Justice Murdock’s opinion is attached to a brief order from the state supreme court as a whole declining to offer further guidance to Alabama probate judges regarding whether they must comply with a federal court order holding that same-sex couples are entitled to the same marriage rights as straight couples. In a brief opinion concurring in that order, Murdock hints that, if this federal court order is permitted to stand, then his own court should strike down all marriages within the state of Alabama.

That’s a bit of an overreaction, don’t you think?

According to, Murdock wrote separately, in part, to discuss the possibility that “considering the meaning of the term ‘marriage’ intended by the Legislature in those statutes, they may be deemed to survive, or must be stricken as wholly void, if they are not to be applied solely to a union between a man and a woman.”

Same-sex marriage is a thing in 36 other states and it has not brought about the Apocalypse, nor have any heterosexual marriages been invalidated.

I’m all for this nifty idea. I can picture Murdock now being chased by a mob of women in their bridal gowns, of which they paid a hefty price, with pitchforks and torches in their hands, instead of a wedding ring. The almost-grooms would be carrying baseball bats, of course.

This decision would piss off a lot of people. Bring it. This won’t go over well.

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