This One Word Is Saving Judges In Alabama From Performing Same-Sex Marriages

If you were forced to do something solidly against your beliefs for your job, what would you do?

That's the question many judges are facing after the Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling.  Alabama judges have come up with a strong and creative answer.  No marriage at all. 

That's right, instead of being forced to participate in same-sex marriages, 9 counties in Alabama are saying:  We won't be officiating over any marriages, hetero or homosexual," according to this AL.com article.

Bibb County Probate Judge Jerry Pow said of legalized same-sex marriage, "It's wrong. It's not what this country was founded on."  Though it is inconvenient to travel the 30 minutes to the next county office, Pow says most of his constituents have been supportive.

The reason Pow and 8 other counties are getting away with standing up to the Supreme Court ruling?  Alabama law states that probate judges "may" issue licenses instead of "shall" and the judges are using that language as they close their marriage operations.

Sen. Greg Albritton is working to remove probate judges from the marriage license business, thus freeing them from the conflict and preserving their jobs.

However, Rep. Patricia Todd, D-Birmingham, the state's only openly gay legislator wants to change state law from "may" to "shall" and thus forcing all judges to perform same-sex marriage, whether they want to or not.  She says, "You are just handing someone a piece of paper. Come on."

However many do not feel that way.  What do you think?  Do you think the 9 counties in Alabama are brave or crazy?  We would love to hear your thoughts!

Dancing with the Stars Season 24 Winner
/dancing_with_the_stars_season_24_winner
4 Bodies Found Dead Inside a Tent at the Highest Camp on Everest
/4_bodies_found_dead_inside_a_tent_at_the_highest_camp_on_everest
First Victims Identified in the Ariana Grande Concert Bombing
/first_victims_identified_in_the_ariana_grande_concert_bombing
Artist's Painting Honoring Manchester Lives Lost is Going Viral, But it Was Originally Created for Something Else
/artists_painting_honoring_manchester_lives_lost_is_going_viral_but_it_was_originally_created_for_something_else
Katy Perry Offers Solution for How to Stop Terrorist Attacks
/katy_perry_offers_solution_for_how_to_stop_terrorist_attacks
High School Takes Back Yearbooks After Student Uses ‘racist, hurtful’ Trump Quote
/high_school_takes_back_yearbooks_after_student_uses_racist_hurtful_trump_quote
President Trump Wasted No Time In Renovating Obama's White House To His Standards
/president_trump_wasted_no_time_in_renovating_obama_s_white_house_to_his_standards
Father Grabs a Snack from Gas Station, Then Dies
/father_grabs_a_snack_from_gas_station_then_dies
Wealthy Actress, Heiress Dies at 93
/wealthy_actress_heiress_dies_at_93
Viral Video Shows Thug Mocking Man With Cerebral Palsy Then Sucker Punch Him
/video_shows_thug_mocking_man_with_cerebral_pa