Franklin Graham weighs in on Alabama marriagesChristian evangelist Franklin Graham, who heads both the relief and development group Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, has weighed in on the dispute in Alabama on whether courts can order states to acknowledge and support same-sex marriage as they have in dozens of other states.  His Facebook posting takes the dozens of orders from mostly federal judges across the country that have imposed same-sex marriage on populations that voted against the idea and puts them in perspective. “No earthly court has jurisdiction over the infallible Word of God,” he said. Graham noted the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the state of Alabama must recognize same-sex marriages in spite of that state’s overwhelming vote to prohibit them. Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore is defying the order, asking state probate judges not to issue licenses to gay couples. “I applaud Justice Moore and the many Alabama judges who are upholding the biblical definition of marriage between a man and a woman,” Graham said. Only a handful of states have imposed same-sex marriage by a state court or legislative action. And voters in most of those states voted against allowing or recognizing homosexual marriage. The U.S. Supreme Court, which includes two justices who already publicly have endorsed homosexual marriage by performing ceremonies, is scheduled to hear arguments in a few weeks. Meanwhile, the Alabama Supreme Court on Friday ordered the state’s probate judges, the only ones in the state authorized to issue marriage licenses, to refrain from issuing licenses to same-sex duos. “I am pleased that the Alabama Supreme Court has ordered an expedited briefing and is proceeding on a fast track,” said Mat Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel, which filed the action. “I suspect we will hear from the Alabama Supreme Court on our petition very soon.” Eight-two percent of the voters in the state affirmed marriage as the union of one man and one woman, but just weeks ago, federal Judge Callie Granade overruled the vote. Liberty Counsel noted that her ruling does not automatically create a law that validates same-sex marriage, as many are claiming, since she lacks the authority to order all probate judges to issue licenses. The law and constitution in Alabama remains that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, Liberty Council explained. Granade herself noted her order did not extend to the probate judges because they were not subject to an action before her court. To satisfy the homosexual plaintiffs in the original lawsuit who told her to find one probate judge in contempt, she reopened the case after it already was decided to add that judge as a defendant, so she could issue an order against him. Staver told WND the precedent is alarming, as the judge was only added to the case after all the briefings, arguments and the decision. MORE