It's Valentine's Day but that doesn't mean there's any more love in the world. An Alabama woman was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct for trying to perform a LEGAL same sex marriage ceremony only days after the state ruled Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
Earlier this month, the Alabama federal court ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. But just days later, Probate Judge Al Booth of Autauga County, had a 44-year-old ordained minister named Anne Susan Diprizio arrested for trying to marry a lesbian couple in his courthouse.
The couple, Courtney Cannon and Morgan Plunkett, had originally intended only to pick up a marriage license at the court but they changed their minds when Diprizio offered them her services. What should have been a step forward in the fight for gay rights, ended up being a step back.
Dave Hill, chief deputy the of Autauga County Sheriff's Office, told the Montgomery Adviser that police were alerted to the situation right away. Hill stated,
"Judge Booth said there was a lady in the office who wouldn't leave when he asked her to leave."
According to the report, authorities arrived and,
"Deputies asked Diprizio to leave several times, but she refused. When Capt. Tom Allen told her she was either going to leave the office or be arrested, she got up from the chair she was sitting in and kneeled on the floor. Allen handcuffed her and led her across the street to the Autauga Metro Jail."
Cannon told Mic.com that she believes she and her fiancé were discriminated against based on their LGBT status despite the court's claim that it was no longer marrying any couples. She said,
"They say they have stopped all marriages at the probate office, but I guarantee you if a heterosexual couple went in there they would marry them in a heartbeat."
Alabama better get on board because whether they like it or not, the Supreme Court will very likely make a shift on its original stance against gay marriage very soon. President Obama eloquently summed it up for us when he said,
"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."
Alabama, where's the love? After all, God created gay people too. Just watch our video below.
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