I view this kind of law along with laws about illegal immigrants in AZ and AL and the abortion laws passed in Arkansas and North Dakota as being Karl Rovian “wedge issues” that keep the base riled up supporting the GOP even as they end up being ruled illegal in part or full by federal courts.
There was also a phony law passed when Terri Schiavo’s starvation began in 2005 and signed by President W Bush that raised hopes but did nothing to save her life.
We were told to give the GOP credit for “trying.”
The grassroots are being hustled by insider politicians when these laws are passed.
You have defined a problem. What's your solution?
Isn't it possible that the people of Alabama are operating in good faith outside the influence of Karl Rove?
As to the Federal courts - if the Executive and Legislative branches fail to balance them, then that balance has to come from the states and the people.
I am sincerely (and deeply) hoping that this--as well as similar laws passed by other states--will be just one more step on the way to the total nullification of federal law (with all the federal courts--including the SCOTUS--having their rulings ignored by the several states).
It is my considered opinion that the highest authority, anywhere in America, as regarding the meaning of the federal Constitution, should be the state Supreme Court of each state. (If, for instance, the state Supreme Court of California should declare ObamaCare to be constitutional, but the state Supreme Court of Georgia should declare it to be unconstitutional, then it should be considered constitutional--according to the federal Constitution--in the state of California; but unconstitutional--again, according to the federal Constitution--in the state of Georgia.)
No need to reconcile the differences, so far as I can see...