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While Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore continues to dig in his heels to try to keep marriage equality from becoming a reality in every county in his state, President Obama said in an interview with BuzzFeed News that he believes the Supreme Court of the United States is getting ready to intervene and end to this debate, on a national level, once and for all.
“My sense is that the Supreme Court is about to make a shift, one that I welcome, which is to recognize that — having hit a critical mass of states that have recognized same-sex marriage — it doesn’t make sense for us to now have this patchwork system … It’s time to recognize that under the equal protection clause of the United States Constitution, same-sex couples should have the same rights as anybody else.”
As we mentioned yesterday, since October, SCOTUS has refused to hear any cases from states that were seeking stays after their same-sex marriage bans were struck down by district judges. Instead, it has decided to hear cases from the Sixth Circuit — which includes Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee — because it is the only district court in the country that has upheld same-sex marriage bans after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in June 2013.
Many people have likened Roy Moore to Alabama governor George Wallace, who of course tried to stop racial integration at the University of Alabama in 1963. And while President Obama told BuzzFeed news it’s not an apples-to-apples comparison, there are certainly some similarities, the major one being that their actions are futile political posturing.
“When federal law is in conflict with state law, federal law wins out […] My recollection is that Judge Moore had a similar problem with a federal court ruling that you couldn’t put a huge Ten Commandments statue in the middle of your courthouse and, ultimately, federal law was obeyed, and I think that the same thing will end up happening here.”
The Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments from states in the Sixth Circuit starting in April. In the meantime, a federal judge will hear arguments on Thursday to determine whether or not President Obama is correct in his all Alabama probate judges are required to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.