Alabama Supreme Court Rips SCOTUS Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

Alabama Supreme Court Rips SCOTUS Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage in 9-0 Order

Montgomery, AL (March 4, 2016) — On Friday, the Alabama Supreme Court broke their nine month silence on same-sex marriage and in a 9-0 Ordersimply dismissed all of the pending motions and petitions and refused to lift their Injunction from March 3 that upheld Alabama’s Sanctity of Marriage Amendment.

“As it has done for approximately two centuries, Alabama law allows for “marriage” between only one man and one woman. Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary to this law. Nothing in the United States Constitution alters or overrides this duty.”  See Ex Parte State ex rel. Alabama Policy Institute,____ So. 3d¬ ____ (Ala. 2015) (No.1140460)

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Groups Urge Alabama Supreme Court to Say No to Same-Sex Marriage

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Media Contact: Tom Ford
Phone Number: 334.220.2319

PRESS RELEASE

GROUPS URGE SUPREME COURT OF ALABAMA TO SAY NO TO SAME-SEX MARRIAGE RULING

MONTGOMERY, AL (July 28, 2015) – Sanctity of Marriage Alabama, a grassroots organization based in Montgomery urged the Alabama Supreme Court Tuesday to uphold their order from 3 March 2015 that halted same-sex marriage in Alabama.

On 6 July 2015, Liberty Counsel, Alabama Policy Institute, and Alabama Citizens Action Program submitted a brief to the Supreme Court of Alabama explaining how Obergefell assaults the rule of law, democracy, and natural law. They asked the Court to comment on how Obergefell will affect Alabama law – considering the Supreme Court of Alabama’s writ of mandamus order from March 3rd that soundly defended marriage between one man and one woman.

Tom Ford, a spokesperson for Sanctity of Marriage Alabama said, “We expect that the Supreme Court of Alabama will uphold their previous order – once again championing marriage and the rule of law in Alabama.”

Eunie Smith, President of Eagle Forum of Alabama said, “There is existing precedent for a state’s highest court to reject an unlawful mandate from the U.S. Supreme Court – especially one that defies ‘the laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.’”

“The preservation of our constitutional Republic,” Smith continued, “rests upon state officials who will refuse to allow five lawyers (two of whom should have recused themselves due to prejudicial behavior) to rob us of our free, representative form of government.  The ripple effects of this ruling will be devastating.  It should not stand unchallenged. We are hopeful that the Alabama Supreme Court will act advisedly from a legal perspective and boldly in support of natural marriage for the good of children and of all Americans.”

Dr. John Eastman, Henry Salvatori Professor of Law at Dale E. Fowler School of Law stated Tuesday in reference to the brief before the Supreme Court of Alabama, that, “The Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell mandating same-sex marriage throughout the nation is not only wrong, but illegitimate.”

Eastman said that President Abraham Lincoln, when confronted with “the similarly illegitimate decision by the Supreme Court in Dred Scott,” responded that the decision was binding on the parties to the case but, then “proceeded to do all within his power to minimize the illegitimate decision, including directing executive officials under his authority not to extend it to additional parties.” Eastman said that this “kind of response to judicial usurpation is required, if we are to continue to be a self-governing people.”

“The oaths that elected officials take is to ‘the Constitution,’ not to ‘the Supreme Court,’” Eastman said, “and it is high time that ‘that eminent tribunal’ be reminded that the very essence of its authority comes from the Constitution.  As John Marshall stated in the famous decision of Marbury v. Madison, the power of judicial review does not imply a superiority of the courts to the elected branches of government, but a superiority of the Constitution to both.”

Former president of the Alabama Baptist State Convention, Dr. John Killian said that great social upheaval will result if Obergefell goes unchallenged and urged the Supreme Court of Alabama to “stand with the four dissenters on the United States Supreme Court.”

Alabama citizens spoke on this issue in 2006 when 81% of voters approved the Sanctity of Marriage Amendment.  “The majority of Alabamians are rightly appalled by this new definition of marriage and the audacity of the Supreme Court of the United States,” Tom Ford said.  “The Court should not by inaction or compliance assert the legitimacy of Obergefell.  Instead, they should stand with God, the Constitution of the United States, the rule of law, and the democratic voice of Alabama citizens.”

Sanctity of Marriage Alabama says that Alabamians expect their elected officials – Governor Bentley, Attorney General Strange, members of the legislature, probate judges, and the Supreme Court of Alabama – to defend the Constitution of the United States and preserve marriage between one man and one woman, thus ignoring the unlawful opinion of the Supreme Court of the United States in Obergefell.

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Sanctity of Marriage Alabama is a grassroots organization that mobilizes Alabama citizens to speak up for God’s definition of marriage between one man and one woman.  Find more information on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/sanctityofmarriagealabama.

Alabama Pastors and Leaders Say the Battle for Marriage and Religious Freedom is Not Over

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ALABAMA PASTORS AND LEADERS SAY THE BATTLE FOR MARRIAGE AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IS NOT OVER

In the wake of Friday’s Supreme Court decision on marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges, Alabama pastors and leaders say the battle for marriage is not over. Around fifty Alabama pastors, elected officials, and organization leaders held a press conference this morning at the Alabama Judicial Building.

Speakers affirmed that God is still God, that marriage is still between one man and one woman, that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only hope for this nation, and that they will obey God rather than men in the days to come.

“Last Friday, five unelected and unaccountable justices imposed their will on the people of Alabama and the United States,” Commissioner Chip Beeker said, “this was an assault on God, on Christian heritage, and on our culture.”

Colonel John Eidsmoe represented the Montgomery-based Foundation for Moral Law. “The result,” of the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell he said, “constitutes an illegitimate means, of reaching an unconstitutional decision, to create an invalid institution, to further the perpetration of immoral acts.” After the Court’s ruling, twenty-five days are given in which motions for a rehearing can be filed. “We have legislators who wish to be involved,” Eidsmoe continued, “We have other branches of government. We have probate judges who wish to stand up for what is right.” The Supreme Court is not final.

Dr. John Killian, pastor at Maytown Baptist Church, thanked God for judges like Judge Wes Allen, Judge Nick Williams and others, “who are willing to do what is right and keep their counties from marrying that which God says cannot be married.”

Executive Director of the Alabama Citizen’s Action Program, Dr. Joe Godfrey, warned of the coming persecution from LGBT activist groups and big corporations towards Christians: “The pressure is going to come from those who have the power to wield the money. … Unless we make some laws that protect the rights of citizens to practice their religious beliefs, we’re going to see a day when Christians are excluded from the business community, excluded from serving in public office, excluded from every realm of society.”

In light of the U.S. Department of Education’s celebratory rainbow logo, Rev. Tommy Littleton warned Christian parents about the perverted LGBT agenda’s “sexual liberation theology” being forced on children through the government school system. “It is not deceitful,” he said, “to inject into this climate some reality, and facts, and background that everybody needs to know.” Tom Ford asked, “If we send our children to public schools, where the law requires teachers to promote homosexuality and ignore God, why are we surprised when they graduate approving homosexuality and rejecting the faith?” “Protecting our children,” Littleton said, “that is the human right issue of the era.”

Becky Gerritson, President of the Wetumpka Tea Party, raised concerns about the Pandora’s Box Obergefell opened by establishing precedent for legalizing any relationship based merely on “equality” and “love”: “why not three men? Why not two men and a woman? Why not a man and a child?,” she asked. “I have serious and grave concerns for our country, for our children, and for our loved ones. Have compassion on those people who are future victims from this decision,” Gerritson said.

The speakers agreed that Christians must answer the coming onslaught with prayer, with the Gospel and with courage to stand on God’s Word and the law of our land at home, at church, at work, and in the public square.

“Pray daily that God would send a mighty revival that would change the perspective of our land,” said Dr. John Killian, and, “On a micro-level, our families need to teach our families, our churches need to teach our churches. Let’s build a culture that opposes this practice and that upholds traditional marriage.”

Rev. Tommy Littleton said, “I don’t think Jesus ever met a sinner He didn’t love. I’ve never met a gay person I didn’t love. It is not hate speech to speak the truth.”

Asked if he had a message to the homosexuals who received licenses this week, Dr. Joe Godfrey said, “God loves you. He offers salvation through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Just because you got a certification that by the state’s standards legalized your sinful behavior, that doesn’t make it right.” “Our call,” Dr. Tom Ford said, “is for all of us to repent and to turn from our own sinful lifestyles and take on the lifestyle of Jesus Christ.” “The church is not a museum of saints,” Commissioner Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh said, “it is a congregation of sinners that have said, ‘I am a sinner but I have turned away from that sin and followed the blood of Christ.’”

Quoting Bonhoeffer, William Green, minister at Fresh Anointing House of Worship and Candidate for City Council said, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” “This is not the time to be silent,” he said. Addressing the possibility of losing your job – while trying to pay off mortgages, college, etc., Green asked, “What is your thirty pieces of silver?”

Unknowing of what the future may hold, speakers were adamant that Christians will stand unswervingly on God’s Word and are compelled to “obey God rather than men” when there is conflict between the laws of men and the laws of God. “It is for us to be faithful and with God’s help we will continue to be faithful even unto death,” Col. John Eidsmoe said. “During times of great persecution, God’s Word is spread the most. Be encouraged. Stay Strong,” said William Green.

Col. John EidsmoeJoe Godfrey William Green  Alabama State Supreme Court Building

Response to Supreme Court Decision on Same-Sex Marriage from Alabama Pastors and Christian Leaders

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June 28, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY

ALABAMA PASTORS AND CHRISTIAN LEADERS TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE IN RESPONSE TO SUPREME COURT DECISION ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE TOMORROW

MONTGOMERY, AL – Alabama pastors and organization leaders who continue to acknowledge God’s immutable definition of marriage between one man and one woman will officially respond to the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges tomorrow in front of the Alabama Supreme Court at 11:00 am.

WHO: Dr. Joe Godfrey, Alabama Citizens Actions Program, Colonel John Eidsmoe, Foundation for Moral Law, Dr. John Killian, Pastor at Maytown Baptist Church, Dr. Tom Ford, Sanctity of Marriage Alabama, William Green, Minister at Fresh Anointing House of Worship and others.

WHAT: An official response to Obergefell from Christian organizational leaders and pastors. With truth and love from a biblical, Gospel, and legal perspective, they will be clear that God’s definition of marriage is immutable. They will commit to stand on God’s truth – no matter the cost. And, they will communicate a course of action for the coming days.

WHEN: Monday, June 29th, 2015, from 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

WHERE: Front entrance of the Alabama Supreme Court, 300 Dexter Avenue

OTHER DETAILS: There will be time for interviews and questions from the press following the press conference.

Rally for Sanctity of Marriage at the Alabama State Capitol

Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Rally
Alabama State Capital
Saturday, February 21, 10-11 am.

Please join Christians from across Alabama for a Sanctity of Marriage Rally at the Alabama State Capitol; Saturday, February 21st, 2015 at 10:00 am.  Be a voice for God’s definition of marriage – the sacred union between one man and one woman.

Another activist Federal Judge is working hard to overturn Alabama’s Sanctity of Marriage Amendment. 81% of voters supported the amendment in 2006.  Alabamians are deeply troubled and outraged. Since February 9th, 2015, probate judges in many counties have issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Several have refused, and we applaud their resolve.  Some of our leaders have cowered and others have stood firm.  On a national and state level the voices for homosexual “marriage” have been loud.  They want Christians to remain quiet, keep our views to ourselves, keep the Gospel in the confines of our church, and accept defeat by a Federal Judge. But we can not do that.

We must speak up!  The foundational institution of marriage is at stake. We must speak up because we are compelled out of love for Christ to defend marriage as He defines it.  We must speak up because we love homosexuals enough to speak the truth to them. We must speak up because some of our judges are standing firm and we need to encourage them. And, we must speak up because nowhere in the Constitution of Alabama or the Constitution of the United States does it allow a judge to define marriage as between two men or two women in Alabama.

Join us on Saturday, the 21st, to champion God’s definition of marriage. Stand with Chief Justice Roy Moore and those probate judges who are upholding the law. Proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ while the whole nation is talking about marriage – the ultimate picture of Christ’s love for His Bride, the Church.

*Bring family, friends and signs

**For press releases, church bulletin inserts, updates or more information about getting involved please email sanctityofmarriagealabama@gmail.com.

***Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sanctity-of-Marriage-Alabama/880056752062167

Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Rally

Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Rally
Alabama State Capital
Saturday, February 7, 10-11 am.

Montgomery, AL –

Join Alabamians from across the state with your family, friends and signs at the State Capitol this Saturday morning, February 7, from 10:00 to 11:00 am CST. We will stand with our leaders and the laws of the State of Alabama for the sanctity of marriage as defined by God – union between a man and a woman.

What happened?

In the beginning, “’God made them male and female.’ ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Mark 10:7-9)

In 2006, 81% of Alabamians upheld God’s definition of marriage and voted in favor of the Sanctity of Marriage Amendment to the Alabama Constitution: “Marriage is a sacred covenant, solemnized between a man and a woman,” “a marriage contracted between individuals of the same sex is invalid in this state,” and “no marriage license shall be issued in the State of Alabama to parties of the same sex.”

On January 23, 2015, United States District Judge Callie Granade ruled that Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. The next day, Alabama’s Attorney General, Luther Strange filed a motion to stay the ruling. She accepted. The stay will expire this Monday, February 9th, 2015 and homosexual marriage will be “legal” in Alabama.

How has Alabama responded?

Governor Robert Bentley has promised to oppose the ruling and stand on the Constitution he vowed to uphold. Attorney General Luther Strange will continue to fight for Alabama’s law and has appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States. Chief Justice Roy Moore is standing on God’s Word. The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) crowd is rejoicing. Some of us are shocked. A few of us are apathetic. Most of us are silent – because we don’t know what to do.

What can we do?

We can plead for God’s mercy on Alabama. We can speak up for what is right. We can uphold God’s Word. We can love homosexual Alabamians enough to tell them the truth.

And, this Saturday we can rally together on the steps of the Capitol with families from across Alabama to publically stand for God’s definition of marriage, confess that “Jesus Christ is Lord”, encourage our leaders and proclaim a message of truth and hope in Alabama.

*Colonel John Eidsmoe, Senior Counsel for the Foundation of Moral Law will be speaking. We hope for media coverage.

**For questions or more information, please email sanctityofmarriagealabama@gmail.com.

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