Posted October 09, 2018 07:31:56 Alabama has a new governor, a new state legislature, and a new Attorney General.
That’s all fine and dandy.
But what about the rest of the country?
Alabama was once a shining beacon of hope, the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Today, it’s a dark, corrupt, and failed state, where people are dying, where millions are struggling to find a better life, and where people of all ages and races are feeling like their country is in deep trouble.
It all began when the U.S. Supreme Court declared that state laws banning same-sex marriage were unconstitutional.
A year later, Alabama voters overturned those same laws by a margin of more than three-to-one.
This past November, the Supreme Court ruled that same-stupidity laws were unconstitutional as well, so the Alabama case was thrown into the back burner.
The U.C.L.A. decided to take the case, arguing that Alabama’s new laws were discriminatory.
The Supreme Court’s ruling left the door open for the UCC to take on the case and to seek a nationwide injunction, which would have granted Alabama all of the right to overturn the Supreme States rulings and allow it to continue enforcing its unconstitutional laws.
But that didn’t happen, so Alabama’s highest court stayed the decision, and the case was dismissed.
The Alabama case is the latest example of the Supreme Courts power to strike down laws that it deems unconstitutional, and this latest example came on the heels of another Supreme Court ruling that struck down bans on same-day voter registration and voter ID laws.
The court’s rulings are an affront to the constitutional principle of “equal protection,” and the UCA argued that Alabama had no standing to appeal those rulings because it was a “state within a state.”
The UCC, however, didn’t buy that.
The organization, which is based in Nashville, Tennessee, argued that the ULCA’s arguments about the UAC’s authority to interpret state constitutions are “contradictory to all of our constitutional commitments.”
This was an uphill battle.
For years, Alabama and other states have used their constitutional authority to deny voting rights to same-gender couples and to deny voter ID to people of color.
The state Supreme Court has struck down more than 80 laws in recent years, and it’s no secret that the Alabama legislature is trying to pass more.
In recent years alone, Alabama has tried to pass a bill that would require citizens to present photo identification, make same-date registration mandatory, and prohibit same-state voting.
It also has proposed a voter ID law that would cost $500 for a driver’s license and $150 for a voter registration card, according to a report by the Associated Press.
The UCA filed a brief in the Alabama Supreme Court that argued that state courts should not consider a state court’s decision that an unconstitutional law is unconstitutional when it comes to voting rights, but rather should instead look to the UPCA’s authority over Alabama.
“The UAC believes that the Court of Appeals erred in holding that Alabama is a state within a single, single, state,” the brief said.
“The Court of Appeal erred by relying on the UCPA’s power to define the state’s boundaries and to impose uniform laws on the Alabama people.”
In the end, the Alabama High Court dismissed the UCLA’s appeal, ruling that the two organizations are not state courts and that the courts have no jurisdiction over the constitutionality of Alabama’s laws.
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange said in a statement that the state will appeal the ruling.
“We remain committed to upholding the rule of law and will continue to do so as Alabama’s Attorney General,” he said.