Roy Moore Pledges to Defy Federal Courts Again

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, a genuine theocrat who thinks the Bible should be (and is, in his head) the law of the land, is pledging to defy a federal court order striking down that state’s ban on same-sex marriage. And the governor is apparently willing to join him.

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has released a letter to Gov. Robert Bentley saying that he intends to continue to recognize the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and urging the governor to do so…

“As Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, I will continue to recognize the Alabama Constitution and the will of the people overwhelmingly expressed in the Sanctity of Marriage Amendment,” Moore wrote.

“I ask you to continue to uphold and support the Alabama Constitution with respect to marriage, both for the welfare of this state and for our posterity,” Moore continued at the end of the letter. “Be advised that I stand with you to stop judicial tyranny and any unlawful opinions issued without constitutional authority.”

Bentley issued a statement today after Moore’s letter was released.

“The people of Alabama elected me to uphold our state Constitution, and when I took the oath of office last week, that is what I promised to do,” the governor said.

“The people of Alabama voted in a constitutional amendment to define marriage as being between man and woman. As governor, I must uphold the Constitution. I am disappointed in Friday’s ruling, and I will continue to oppose this ruling. The Federal government must not infringe on the rights of states.”

Which is the same argument made by former Alabama Gov. George Wallace in response to the passage of the Civil Rights Act. It’s the same argument made by Alabama state Rep. Henry Beatty in response to Brown v Board of Education. It’s the same argument made by Roy Moore a decade ago when a federal court declared his Ten Commandments monument to be unconstitutional. How’d all that work out for you good ol’ boys? Not very well, I recall.

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  • jeevmon

    Social progress in the land of cotton has always come by court order and/or federal rifles. It has always been thus.

  • AJ Castellitto

    Yeah but Shariah Law is cool….

    http://www.newsmax.com/t/newsmax/article/621054

    Come on! You guys aren’t free thought or anti religion , your anti – Christianity & Judeo-Christian morality/natural law

    All men & women can get married in the US…. What you are promoting is a redefinition of marriage – so what’s the standard?

  • John Pieret

    … Old times there are not forgotten …

  • barry21

    The SPLC has already filed an ethics complaint against Moore. We’ll see how far that goes.

    I think Alabama should have some humility when it comes to discriminatory law.

    http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/news/splc-files-ethics-complaint-against-alabama-chief-justice-roy-moore-over-pledge-to

  • barry21

    @AJ –

    How is a Sharia court ruling on disputes between Muslims any different from a Beit Din ruling on disputes between Jews or Christian Ecclesiastical courts?

    Don’t be a paranoid twit.

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    Judge Moore to disregard the law.

    AJ: but Shariah!

    Verdict: AJ wins.

    (We also would have accepted Socialism, Communism, Marxism, Hitler, Barack HUSSEIN Obama, and/or Benghazi)

  • dingojack

    Wait, you’re seriously try to say that changing the definition of something so as to be non-discriminatory is supposed to be a bad thing?

    Conservatives — Using the same ol’ crap arguments since 1860*…

    @@ Dingo

    —————

    * this time for sure!

    Nothing up my sleeve – Presto!!

  • John Pieret

    AJ Castellitto:

    All men & women can get married in the US…. What you are promoting is a redefinition of marriage – so what’s the standard?

    OK, but from now on the government will decide who you can marry (that will be recognized by the government for purposes of civil rights and benefits), not based on who you love but … well … any old criteria the “Bureau of Marriage” happens to choose. Are you okay with that?

    If not, why do you have the right to use the government to deny gays the right to marry those they love based on your random religious beliefs?

  • barry21

    @theschwa – HAHAHA!

    @anyone interested – the SPLC’s ethics complaint is well worth reading. It’s only 10 pages, and there isn’t much legal jargon. http://www.splcenter.org/sites/default/files/downloads/publication/splc_complaint_against_chief_justice_roy_s_moore_january_28_2015.pdf

  • cottonnero

    To answer AJ’s meant-to-be-rhetorical question: The standard is consent. An adult of sound mind should be able to marry another adult of sound mind, since they can both enter into a contract, which is what a marriage is, for legal purposes. A child, or a dog, or a box turtle, or a blow-up doll, or a corpse, or a rock collection will not be able to consent to a valid contract, and as such, cannot marry, even if the other party is able to enter into a contract.

  • D. C. Sessions

    How’d all that work out for you good ol’ boys? Not very well, I recall.

    Roy got elected Chief Justice. And IIRC those previous good ol’ boys all did very, very well at the polls — and afterwards, if their estates are any indication.

  • raven

    Wingnut: Gays Part of Communist Plot to Destroy America

    freethoughtblogs. com/…/wingnut-gays-part-of-communist-plot-to-destro…

    Aug 5, 2014 – Columns like this one by A.J. Castellitto at Alan Keyes’ Renew America … those of the Judeo-Christian persuasion, have been experiencing a hostility …. In other words A.J. Castellitto, an anti-gay bigot, posted at Alan Keyes’

    AJ Castellitto is a troll and a crackpot. One of the worst of a bad lot of fundie xians.

    His schtick is spouting a lot of hate and lies. When people call him on it, he claims xians are persecuted and people are anti-xian bigots.

    No, AJ, we are anti-hate, anti-lies, and anti-crackpot bigots. And proud of it.

  • http://drx.typepad.com Dr X

    D. C. Sessions:

    Roy got elected Chief Justice. And IIRC those previous good ol’ boys all did very, very well at the polls — and afterwards, if their estates are any indication.

    Agree. His earlier opposition worked out quite nicely from Moore’s point of view. Moore surely knows he doesn’t have a legal leg to stand on. Same with the governor. This is just rube kabuki.

  • raven

    Ed Brayton on AJ Castellitto:

    Columns like this one by A.J. Castellitto at Alan Keyes’ Renew America website always crack me up. The paranoia, the dark conspiracies, the complete disconnection from anything vaguely resembling reality, it’s just a delightful stew of stupid. Apparently, gay people are unwitting accomplices in a communist plot.

    From message #12. You can read it yourself on Freethoughtblogs. It’s pretty cuckoo.

    1. Communism? Communism more or less died decades ago. AJ needs to update his demonology. These days it is the Illuminati, the Trilateral Commission, and the Space Reptiles.

    2. Natural Law doesn’t exist!!! It’s completely arbitrary. People just drag that Zombie out when they don’t want to look like they are just Making Stuff Up.

  • barry21

    @Dr X

    “Rube kabuki” is a phrase far too euphonious for the phenomenon it denotes. I’m thinking “Montgomery wheezing” may work.

  • colnago80

    Re raven @ #14

    Hey, don’t forget the Bilderbergers, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Masons and most importantly, the real conspirators, Skull and Bones.

  • dingojack

    Or as a haiku:

    Equality now!

    ‘No!’ Says Roy Moore, stamps his foot.

    Mere rube Kabuki.

    😉 Dingo

  • raven

    AJ Castellitto:

    As per number 26 of the 45 declared goals for the Communist Takeover of America

    I’d never heard of this. For good reason. The 45 declared goals for the Commie Takeover is like the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. A fever dream of a kook.

    45 Communist Goals by Dr. Cleon Skousen (1958) | Disrupt …

    disruptthenarrative. com/…/45-communist-goals-by-dr-cleon-skousen-19…

    Jan 8, 2013 – The following is a list of Current Communist Goals as revealed by Dr. Cleon … #44 has made a systematic effort to decrease the U.S. number of ….

    Cleon Skousen just Made It Up. Skousen was a far right Mormon kook and John Birch society supporter who spent decades babbling about commies and the usual fantasies of far right extremists.

    AJ Castellitto is confused. This isn’t Glenn Beck’s or Alex Jones’s websites.

  • caseloweraz

    “As Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, I will continue to recognize the Alabama Constitution and the will of the people overwhelmingly expressed in the Sanctimony of Marriage Amendment,” Moore wrote.

    FTFY

  • a_ray_in_dilbert_space

    Damn! Where’s William T. Sherman when you need him?

  • Holms

    What the fuck is this man doing in the position of chief justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court – or any position in law, for that matter – when he doesn’t even recognise the primacy of Alabaman and US law?

  • raven

    What the fuck is this man doing in the position of chief justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court –

    He was elected once. Removed for cause. Elected again.

    Don’t blame him. Dogs gotta be dogs. It’s the fault of the voters of Alabama. Looks like they still hate the USA. They haven’t gotten over losing the Civil War and losing their slaves yet.

  • hunter

    AJ — it’s not a “redefinition” of marriage: marriage is “Recognition by the community of the establishment of a new household.” So what’s your problem?

  • Daniel Kolle
  • theguy

    “Be advised that I stand with you to stop judicial tyranny”

    Like using your position as Alabama Chief “Justice” to advocate that gay people be executed? Oh, I guess that doesn’t count.

    I hope this bastard gets impeached and removed again, stat.

  • D. C. Sessions

    I hope this bastard gets impeached and removed again, stat.

    So, I’m sure, does he. Nothing could be better for his career.

  • eric

    I really hope he makes it to Jan-Feb 2016 without being removed from the bench. I really hope the Governer keeps beating the anti-SSM drum too. Would love to see GOP primary candidates have to actually address the issue, rather than “what hump”ing it.

    @10:

    The standard is consent

    Informed consent. The first is very important, otherwise tricking an adult into marriage and three card monte (and other confidence scams) become legal.

  • LightningRose

    “Be advised that I stand with you to stop judicial tyranny and any unlawful opinions issued without constitutional authority.”

    Oh, the irony…