Federal judge bars Alabama from blocking gay marriage, Alabama scientist named "Future Maker"

Jun 8, 2016

A federal judge is permanently barring Alabama from enforcing state laws to block gay marriage.

U.S. District Judge Callie Granade of Mobile issued the order today in litigation that followed the U.S. Supreme Court decision that effectively legalized same-sex weddings nationwide.

The judge writes that the order is needed because state laws against same-sex marriage remain on the books. She says the Alabama Supreme Court's willingness to issue decisions conflicting with the U.S. Supreme Court demonstrate the need for permanent action.

Granade notes that while same-sex opponent Roy Moore is currently suspended from the office of chief justice, other state justices have indicated they believe laws banning gay marriages were constitutional.

Most counties already are issuing licenses to same-sex couples, so it's unclear what impact the ruling will have.

There’s now an official meeting date for the legislative committee that’s looking into the possible impeachment of Governor Robert Bentley.  APR’s Stan Ingold has the details…

The House Judiciary Committee scheduled a meeting for 10 a.m. next Wednesday in Montgomery. Committee members will discuss a procedure for handling the investigation, including the possible hiring of special counsel.

Twenty-three members of the House of Representatives in April signed articles of impeachment. They accused Bentley of willful neglect of duty and corruption in office. The filing, under a procedure set up the House, triggered an investigation by the House committee.

The impeachment push came after Bentley admitted making sexually charged remarks to his political adviser, Rebekah Caldwell Mason.

Mason played a key role in the administration but was not on state payroll.

An Alabama scientist is being declared a “Future Maker.” Dr. Howard Jacob works Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville. He is being honored for his research in the field of genomic medicine.

That’s the field that studies and maps out the genetic code of living things. Jacob compares DNA to the “blueprints” of the human body. 

Jacob says that physicians are able to advance with the improvement of the “blueprints.”

Jacob is excited for the future of Alabama’s healthcare.

“It’s wonderful to have people recognize that what we’re trying to do has the potential impact to change the future of health care.  You know, we can bring something to the citizens of Alabama that no other state really can do, and I just think it’s an exciting time to be able to do that.”

Jacob works with a team of specialists using technology that is able to help around eighteen thousand patients per year.