The Alabama ruling that struck down the state’s same sex marriage ban is scheduled to begin on Monday, but that doesn’t matter to state judges who have chosen to stand strong in their beliefs and not perform gay weddings.
Chilton County Probate Judge Bobby Martin explained thatÂ he will issue wedding licenses to same-sex couples but will not perform weddings.
“I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, and because of that, I will not perform a ceremony for a couple that doesn’t fit in that criteria,”he said.
According to the Montgomery Advertiser,Â Elmore County Probate Judge John Enslen sent out a notice Thursday afternoon saying as of 4 p.m. Friday neither he, nor anyone on his staff, would perform a marriage ceremony.
“I personally would not perform same-sex marriages,” he said, adding that it goes against his beliefs.
Enslen said in an opinion piece on the matter that same-sex marriage is “repugnant and repulsive to God.”
“In other words, I believe Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed for just such unnatural conduct between the same sexes,” he said in the piece. He continued saying,Â “Beyond that, it is my fervent hope and prayer that the U.S. Supreme Court will be moved upon by God to rule that the people of a state have a right to define and restrict marriage to the traditional, child-bearing, child-rearing, and child-centered relationship that has worked well for thousands of years and is consistent with sound social science.”
Geneva County’s probate judgeÂ Fred Hamic Â has performed about 1,000 weddings during seven years as probate judge. He considers the ceremonies a highlight of his job.
“Weddings and adoptions. Those are my favorite,” said Hamic. As much as he loves marrying people he plans onÂ giving up performing marriages to avoid having to wed a same-sex couple.Â “I’m not going to be a party to it.Â I was raised in a Christian home and I was taught that it is a sin.”
The judges are part of a movement happening in Alabama since the ban was struck down. Â Probate judges in Autauga, Bibb, Cherokee, Clay, Coffee, Colbert, Conecuh, and Crenshaw and Escambia counties are all refusing to be a part of same sex weddings.
The judges are not trying to take a political stand, and they hold no malice for the same sex couples. Some judges, likeÂ Pike County Probate Judge Wes Allen, are even providing the couples with lists of other judges that would be happy to marry them. Â The judges all seem to share the same narrative. They have no problem with the sinner, but they won’t be a part of what they feel is a sin, no matter how much the world says they should.