Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is appealing to the US Supreme Court to stop same-sex marriages from beginning in the state this week.
Strange announced his plan to take the battle to the nation’s high court on Tuesday (3 February) after the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals denied his motion to stay two federal rulings striking down the state’s gay marriage ban.
If the Supreme Court declines to intervene, same-sex marriages can begin in the state on 9 February.
In a response to the 11th Circuit denial, Strange wrote that he is appealing to the Supreme Court to ‘avoid further confusion.’
He will file the appeal later Tuesday or on Wednesday.
Strange also warned U.S. District Judge Callie V. Granade, who struck down the ban, to not remove the stay on her two rulings any earlier than next week as is being requested by plaintiffs in one of the cases.
‘An abrupt change in the expiration date of this Court’s stay would likely add to the confusion,’ Strange wrote.
Strange does not elaborate on what exactly the ‘confusion’ would be.
The National Center for Lesbian Rights, which represents plaintiffs James Strawser and John Humphrey, applauded the Circuit Court’s decision to not get involved.
‘Each day that committed couples are denied the freedom to marry, they are left without important legal protections that offer a safety net in times of illness or financial hardship,’ stated NCLR Senior Staff Attorney Christopher F. Stoll.
‘Now that the court of appeals has spoken, all Alabama couples can enjoy the freedom to marry next Monday.’