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Decatur Daily | Alabama officials' reactions to ruling

June 27, 2013
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Alabama officials’ reactions to ruling
By Mary Sell | Decatur Daily | June 27, 2013



Alabama elected officials respond to Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling:


Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead

  • “It doesn’t mean a whole lot here. It just applies to federal employees in states where they recognize same-sex marriage, which is not Alabama. I think it has little or no effect in Alabama.”

Rep. Marcel BlackD-Tuscumbia

  • “Personally, I believe it is a state issue. I believe marriage is defined as a union between a man and a woman. The people of Alabama believe that. ... The federal court, they make rulings sometimes based on constitutionality. I have to respect the Constitution ... .”

Republican Gov. Robert Bentley

  • “It is disappointing to hear of the Supreme Court’s ruling for those of us who support the traditional definition of marriage as it is defined as between one man and one woman. Regardless of the court’s decision today, the debate over marriage will continue, and it is my hope that each state will be able to defend the traditional definition of marriage.” 

U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville

  • “Many states have already passed laws that recognize domestic partners and marriage equality and now the Supreme Court has knocked down barriers. If that’s what people voted on in their state, then that’s what they should have had. We don’t have a position on same-sex marriage, but we have a position on equality.”

Acting state Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy Worley

  • “The Supreme Court rulings on the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 do not in any way impact the gay marriage prohibition that Alabama voters overwhelmingly approved in 2006. As long as I am Speaker of the House, I will continue working to ensure that the laws on our books reflect the conservative principles and moral beliefs that the majority of Alabamians embrace.”

Rep. Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn

  • “I am disappointed to learn that SCOTUS has struck down DOMA and will now require that federal benefits be extended to homosexual couples. This is an affront to the Christian principles that this nation was founded on. The federal government is hijacking marriage, a uniquely religious institution, and they must be stopped.”


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