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Equality in Alabama
Equality in Alabama

These are heady days for advocates of marriage equality. The Supreme Court is due to hear arguments this spring in a group of cases that could settle the question of a national Constitutional right to same-sex marriage, and this week, a decision not to enter a stay on the enforcement of a federal judge's ruling invalidating Alabama's ban on gay marriage is being widely seen by observers — including Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia — as telegraphing the court's likely ruling. In that light, the ensuing conflict in Alabama, where the state's chief judge has attempted to forbid local judges from granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples, has the...