Alabama and Gay Marriage

Alabama has issued a state court-supported ban on issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples – this in itself is perhaps unsurprising. However, this seems to contradict the US Supreme Court ruling of US v Windsor in which keys part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) were struck down – importantly the ones defining marriage as a heterosexual union.

It is however a great example of federalism in action in the US; of states making their own decisions on policy and on the implementation of policy. While ultimately this may end up, again, in the Supreme Court, in the meantime Alabama is making it’s own law on same-sex marriage.