Alabama: Federal Judge Denies Contempt Order Against Mobile Probate Judge

U.S. District Judge Callie Granade has denied a request by marriage equality plaintiffs for an order of contempt against Alabama probate Judge Don Davis for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Probate Judge Don Davis is not a party in this case and the Order of January 23, 2015, did not directly order Davis to do anything. Judge Davis’s obligation to follow the Constitution does not arise from this court’s Order. The Clarification Order noted that actions against Judge Davis or others who fail to follow the Constitution could be initiated by persons who are harmed by their failure to follow the law. However, no such action is before the Court at this time.

See the full order below: