Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange files an amicus brief today to the U.S. Supreme Court in defense of the freedom of states to affirm marriage as a union of one man and one woman. An amicus brief is a document that is filed in a court by someone who is not directly related to the case under consideration. The brief was filed to uphold the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that the one-man, one-woman marriage laws are a rational exercise of state authority and are thus constitutional. In January 2015, U.S. District Court Judge Callie Granade ruled that Alabama’s definition of marriage as between one man and one woman is unconstitutional. The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court declined subsequent requests from Attorney General Strange to stay the lower court order pending the outcome of similar cases before the high court this summer.