Moore: Federal Judges Attacking Marriage!

Totalitarian theocrat Judge Roy Moore went on Sandy Rios’ American Family Association radio show and declared that federal judges are engaged in a “sustained attack” on “God-ordained marriage” and that’s why he thinks the states should just ignore their rulings in favor of marriage equality.

In an interview Friday with the American Family Association’s Sandy Rios, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore defended a letter he sent to Gov. Robert Bentley urging him to ignore a federal court ruling striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, saying that he was just like abolitionists and desegregationists standing up against the “rejection of God’s law by the federal judiciary.”

Moore told Rios that the case is similar to his famous defiance of a federal court order to remove a monument of the 10 Commandments from a court building because the 10 Commandments spat “symbolized the rejection of God’s law by the federal judiciary” and “now we see the institution of marriage that God ordained under sustained attack from federal judges.”

I find this argument so bizarre, the idea that allowing gay people to get married is somehow an “attack” on straight people getting married. Will Moore’s marriage fall apart if gay people are allowed to get married? Will it be affected in any way whatsoever? Of course not. The only sustained attack here is by right-wing Christian bigots against gay people and their right to be treated equally under the law.

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  • caseloweraz

    Ed: Will Moore’s marriage fall apart if gay people are allowed to get married?

    Well it might, if he is so disgruntled by this “defeat” that he starts mistreating his wife.

    Not that this would prove his contention, of course.

    If he loses his position, he may have a future on television: “Judge Roy Moore in Lawlessness East of the Pecos.”

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    …saying that he was just like abolitionists and desegregationists standing up against the “rejection of God’s law by the federal judiciary.

    Yup. He’s standing up for desegregating lunch counters; for a single counter that serves all people, even The Gays, provided they’re heterosexual.

  • John Pieret

    he was just like abolitionists and desegregationists standing up against the “rejection of God’s law by the federal judiciary.

    Of course, those people were standing up against Christians that argued that slavery and segregation were god’s law. Somebody from Alabama (especially one who was alive in the 50s and 60s) should know that.

  • eric

    On one hand, its nice how he makes it all about God and enforcing God’s laws. That makes it very easy for the Judiciary remove him again, or at least overturn his rulings. On the other, part of me wants the Judiciary to not remove hm right now, to let him keep flinging his poo into the system until well into 2016, so that this becomes an election issue.

  • Sastra

    I find this argument so bizarre, the idea that allowing gay people to get married is somehow an “attack” on straight people getting married.

    It only makes sense if you think of marriage as something which is inherently religious like taking communion, becoming a priest, or getting confirmed. It’s a private ceremony intended only for people in a church or temple who are qualified. Outsiders coming in off the street and barging unwelcome up to the front while insisting on participating stops the ceremony. They’re just trying to mock religion. The ritual has no real meaning to them if they don’t accept the creeds and dogmas. It can’t.

    If a court tells a church that they have to give holy communion to everyone, it effectively destroys the church’s authority in doctrine. Christians are trying to frame ‘marriage’ the same way. It’s a “covenant with God.” The State should butt out. It’s trying to take away what’s theirs by rights.

    The analogy is wrong in so many ways, but the spiritual tend to live in Bad Analogy Land. It’s what shores up their faith.

  • Kevin Kehres

    And if this didn’t get right-wingers to the polls, the GOP would drop this issue like a hot potato. The only defense is to demonstrate that the issue is a political albatross. By defeating candidates who express anti-equality views.

    Sadly, given the state of our apathetic electorate, I’m not confident we can do such a thing. Certainly didn’t demonstrate that during the mid-terms.

  • ed440

    Rejection of God’s law huh?

    As soon as crackpot Judge Moore proves he follows ALL the things God says we should and should not do that are in the bible, like no wearing mixed blend clothing or killing anyone who works on the sabbath, then we’ll talk about this.

    Until then shut the up!

  • Loqi

    …saying that he was just like abolitionists and desegregationists…

    He’s right that this is just like desegregation. He just forgot which part he’s playing in the production.

    Hint: George Wallace wasn’t ushering the kids into the school through a blockade of National Guard troops while standing against racist laws imposed on him by the federal government. It was kinda the opposite of that.

  • bryanfeir

    That makes it very easy for the Judiciary remove him again, or at least overturn his rulings. On the other, part of me wants the Judiciary to not remove hm right now, to let him keep flinging his poo into the system until well into 2016, so that this becomes an election issue.

    The judiciary did remove him, unanimously, back in 2003, after he refused to accept the federal court-ordered approval of a Ten Commandments monument.

    The good people of Alabama re-elected him in 2012.

  • karmacat

    Maybe he is just jealous that kids today have a choice of marrying a woman or a man.

  • tbp1

    You’d think an appellate court judge might understand the function of appellate courts, but apparently not.

  • theguy

    “I find this argument so bizarre, the idea that allowing gay people to get married is somehow an “attack” on straight people getting married.”

    What Moore really means is that gay people not being executed is an attack on marriage. That bastard actually advocated the state using “power of the sword” to discourage homosexuality.

  • thebookofdave

    he was just like abolitionists and desegregationists standing up against the “rejection of God’s law by the federal judiciary

    Finally, a staunch advocate steps up to defend the rights of homogays, deviants, and sexually confused persons. It is at last safe for you to return to the closet.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Outsiders coming in off the street and barging unwelcome up to the front while insisting on participating stops the ceremony. They’re just trying to mock religion.

    You mean like the recent instances where a Christianist nutcase barged in and disrupted occasions where a Muslim was speaking?

  • xuuths

    Let’s hope they remove him again with prejudice so that he cannot ever be a judge again.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    D. C. Sessions “You mean like the recent instances where a Christianist nutcase barged in and disrupted occasions where a Muslim was speaking?”

    Look, it’s the right to Free Speech, not the right to not be interrupted and shut down. That’s just common sense. Unless it’s a Muslin interrupting a Christian, in which case I have a different, incompatible, argument that conveniently also supports my side.

     

    And also it’s okay because Islam is a political ideology, and not a religion like Christianity. Muslins want to take over our government, you see, unlike Conservative Christians, who merely want to take it back.

  • whheydt

    So, Judge Moore….If I deem that some ruling of yours contravenes “God’s Law”, I am free to ignore you with no consequences? How does that shoe fit you?

    In other news… The 11th Circuit has declined to extend the two week stay on enforcing the ban on the Alabama anti-SSM laws. IIRC, that stay ends this week (the 5th, if memory serves), so SSM is coming to Alabama. Outrage at 11.

  • Al Dente

    Moore told Rios that the case is similar to his famous defiance of a federal court order to remove a monument of the 10 Commandments

    His defiance led to his being tossed out of office as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2003. In 2012 he was elected back to the office of Alabama Chief Justice. The 10 Commandments monument was removed in 2003 and has not been replaced.

  • John Pieret

    whheydt:

    The 11th Circuit has declined to extend the two week stay on enforcing the ban on the Alabama anti-SSM laws

    I saw somewhere that the Alabama Attorney General has petitioned SCOTUS to stay the ruling pending their decision on the 6th Circuit’s cases. Given the recent track record of SCOTUS, I’d say good luck with that!!! Which was probably what the 11th Circuit was thinking.

    If SCOTUS, as everyone expects, turns them down, then the rubber will meet the road. It’s one thing for the governor and attorney general to talk tough about ignoring Federal court orders in response to a wingnut’s wingnut … it’s quite another to defy a Federal court order when it’s immediate enforcement has been approved by the Circuit Court and SCOTUS.

  • whheydt

    Moore has, apparently, put out another memo in which he tells local judges that they don’t have to issue SSM licenses regardless of what the Federal District Judge orders and further that he thinks that local judges should strictly abide by Alabama law, regardless of what a Federal court says.

    Let’s see… Last time he got tossed off the court for disobeying the order of a Federal judge. Looks like he didn’t learn anything from it and he’s going for a repeat. I can’t imagine, with his history and the way he’s acting now, for a Federal judge to throw the book at him or any lower judge in Alabama given the slightest provocation.

    Ever get the feeling that no one ever told him how the Civil War came out? He sure acts like the Confederacy–or at least his version of it (I’m given to understand that the Confederate Constitution gave states much less leeway than the US Constitution does)–won.

  • John Pieret

    Here is SCOTUSblog’s report on Alabama’s petition for a delay:

    http://www.scotusblog.com/2015/02/alabama-seeks-same-sex-marriage-delay/

    The only thing the state has going for it is that it goes to Clarance Thomas, who can act alone or refer it to the full court, where all such petitions have been refused (in a couple of cases Thomas and Scalia have dissented). It didn’t help Florida, whose petition also went, in the first instance, to Thomas. And so it goes …