It seems that theocratic bigot Roy Moore, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, is just spoiling for a fight (okay, another fight) with the federal courts. He’s now gone far beyond just arguing that Alabama doesn’t have to follow a federal court ruling overturning the ban on same-sex marriage by ordering county judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Late Sunday night, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore issued an order in which he instructs state probate judges to neither issue nor recognize a marriage license for same-sex couples.
The order states, “Effective immediately, no Probate Judge of the State of Alabama nor any agent or employee of any Alabama Probate Judge shall issue or recognize a marriage license that is inconsistent with Article 1, Section 36.03, of the Alabama Constitution or § 30-1-19, Ala. Code 1975.”
It continues to say that if any probate judge fails to follow the state constitution, “it would be the responsibility of the Chief Executive Officer of the State of Alabama, Governor Robert Bentley… to ensure the execution of the law.”
Because the appeals court refused to issue a stay of the lower court order (as the Supreme Court has done in many other states), same-sex marriages were to begin on Monday morning. This is not going to end well. It’s going to prompt a serious showdown between federal and state courts. One can only hope that it also ends Moore’s career. Here’s his full order: