Hillary Clinton has slammed the Alabama chief justice’s ‘unconstitutional’ order to halt gay marriage licenses.
The Democratic presidential candidate issued a statement on Wednesday (6 January) night in response to Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore’s order earlier in the day.
‘Marriage equality is now the law of the land — including in Alabama,’ she said.
‘Today’s unconstitutional order reminds us that, despite the Supreme Court’s ruling that all Americans have the right to marry the person they love, our work is far from over.’
‘There are still judges who are determined to stand in the way of people’s rights. There are still politicians who argue the court got it wrong and states should ignore its ruling.’
Moore claimed that the gay marriage ban in his state remains ‘in full force and effect’ – even though it was struck down by a federal judge in March – and the Supreme Court’s decision only applies to Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.
‘We need to ensure that marriage equality is guaranteed and enforced nationwide. And we need to fight discrimination against LGBT Americans wherever it occurs,’ Clinton continued.
‘There are places where you can get married on Sunday and are at risk of being fired from your job or evicted from your home on Monday because you’re gay.
‘That’s not how it should be in the United States of America. As president, I’ll fight for the equal rights of all Americans, no matter who they are or who they love.’
Clinton’s recent ad campaigns have prominently featured gay couples, but she only came out in support of same-sex marriage in 2013. The former secretary of state said she had ‘evolved’ on the issue and has since pledged sweeping protections for LGBTI people.