Since the 2010 midterm elections, when Republicans made massive gains across the country, hundreds of anti-choice bills have been introduced in state legislatures, and more of those bills have become law in that time than during the entire decade prior.
An exemption-laden bill addressing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people was passed Wednesday by the Republican-dominated Utah state legislature.
An Alabama house committee passed a bill Thursday that would prevent clergy and other religious officials from being required to officiate marriages they have religious objections to and protect them from being sued for refusing to officiate.
Tuesday night’s ruling calls on probate judges across the state to ignore a federal court order and stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
The legislative session kicked off in the states with a bunch of new anti-abortion bills, along with the conviction of an Indiana woman for feticide and neglect of a dependent.
Thursday’s order made it clear that probate judges in the state could not refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
On Monday, a Black lesbian couple became the first couple to be issued a marriage license in Alabama. Elsewhere in the state, though, confusion has ensued, thanks to Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.
A federal court order allowing same-sex couples to marry in Alabama is being met with defiance by local officials.
As ludicrous as Alabama’s law is, having lawyers for fetuses is not new—and they are not just appointed to try to stop girls from having abortions. In fact, they have been used for decades in state and judicial efforts to strip pregnant women of their civil and human rights.
Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore’s public statements and actions have prompted an ethics complaint against him.