Searcy v. Bentley
Searcy v. Bentley is a federal court challenge to Alabama’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, filed May 7, 2014, on behalf of a same-sex couples married in California in 2008, claiming violations of the equal protection and due process clauses of the 14th amendment and the full faith and credit clause of the U.S. Constitution. The non-biological mother wanted to use Alabama’s step-parent adoption statutes to adopt the child, but the Alabama statute only allows spouses to adopt.
- Monday, February 9, 2015Alabama became the 37th U.S. state with marriage equality as same-sex couples there began getting married in a handful of counties on Monday, despite an 11th-hour attempt from the state's chief justice - an outspoken opponent…
- Monday, February 9, 2015The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to block a federal judge's order allowing same-sex marriages in Alabama. The order came just minutes before probate courts were scheduled to open across the state, where same-sex couples…
- Tuesday, February 3, 2015The Alabama attorney general is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the state to continue to block same-sex marriages until the high court issues a ruling on gay marriage later this year.
- Tuesday, February 3, 2015A federal appeals court order has cleared the way for same-sex marriages to begin next week in Alabama, with the panel refusing to stay a decision overturning the state's ban.
- Saturday, January 31, 2015Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is asking an appellate court to stay a judge's decision that overturned Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage.
- Thursday, January 29, 2015Lawyers for Cari Searcy and Kim McKeand on Thursday asked the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta to reject Alabama's request to place the ruling on hold for months.
- Wednesday, January 28, 2015The federal judge that overturned Alabama's same-sex marriage ban said state probate judges should begin issuing licenses to same-sex couples when the hold she put on her ruling expires next month.
- Monday, January 26, 2015Alabama on Monday began the process of appealing a federal judge's decision that overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage, a decision that was put on hold to allow time for the appeal.
- Sunday, January 25, 2015U.S. District Callie V.S. Granade issued the temporary stay on Sunday of her ruling striking down Alabama's gay marriage ban to allow the state to seek relief from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh…
- Sunday, January 25, 2015Cari Searcy and Kim McKeand, the couple whose lawsuit toppled Alabama's gay marriage ban said they are grateful, overjoyed and still a little a bit in disbelief.