- April 20, 2015
In February, HRC Alabama field organizer Tori Sisson and her partner Shanté Wolfe made history when they became the first same-sex couple to marry in Montgomery, Alabama.
Sadly, however, the weeks leading up to their wedding day were a roller coaster, while they, and many other same-sex couples across the state, eagerly awaited the right to marry.
In January, U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade ruled in favor of marriage equality in Searcy v. Strange, striking down Alabama’s discriminatory constitutional amendment that banned same-sex couples from marrying. Following the ruling, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore campaigned vocally against marriage equality, doing everything in his power to stop loving, committed same-sex couples from marrying. Currently, probate offices in the state are still not distributing certificates of marriage to same-sex couples.
“After years of waiting, our union is now legitimate,” Sisson wrote in a blog post for HRC. “The two of us, like many other loving, committed LGBT couples in Alabama, can now marry in the place they call home.”
Within a month, the couple camped outside the Montgomery Courthouse twice so they could be the first couple to marry in the state’s capital.
“We’re not trying to cause havoc,” Wolfe said. “We just want to be in love. That’s it.”
In eight days, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear oral arguments as they prepare to decide whether the U.S. Constitution allows for states to discriminate against same-sex couples by denying them the right to marry or refusing to recognize their marriages performed in jurisdictions where they are legal.
While the historic Supreme Court cases in 2013 (United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry) struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act and brought marriage equality back to California, the current case before SCOTUS has the potential to allow for nationwide marriage equality.
Check back with www.HRC.org/SCOTUS through the remainder of the month as we lead up to oral arguments on April 28, because love can’t wait.