Ala. Chief Justice Refers To Same-Sex Marriage Rulings As ‘Tyranny’

Is Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore the next George Wallace??It certainly seems like it.

Courtesy of Patheos
Courtesy of Patheos

After Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban was struck down on Friday, the Alabama Republican politicians have gone crazy.

Alabama Speaker of the House Republican Mike Hubbard?went online to complain about the same-sex ruling and was met with opposition by openly gay lawmaker Democrat Patricia Todd. You can read about that here.

Now, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore warns that he will?refuse?to acknowledge the gay marriage rulings. Moore promises to not observe the federal rulings that support same-sex marriage.

Moore sent a letter to Republican Governor Robert Bentley to state his opposition of the recent rulings that stated Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional.

“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 also went on to state:

“If we are to preserve that ‘reverent morality which is our source of all beneficent progress in social and political improvement,’ then we must act to oppose such tyranny!”

Moore also quotes a Bible verse in the letter to prove his point.

“But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” (Mark 10:6-9)

It’s a good thing that all politics revolve around the Bible, right? If we were to make a law about stoning children to death when they disobey, we could easily quote Deuteronomy 21: 18-21. If we were to make laws against interracial marriage, we could easily quote Deuteronomy 7:3-4, Ezra 9:1-2, Daniel 2:43, Matthew 25:32, Deuteronomy 22:9-11. If we wanted to make laws that support slavery, we could easily quote Leviticus 25:44-46, Exodus 21:20-21, Ephesians 6:5, Colossians 4:1, 1 Peter 2:18, Titus 2:9-10, Deuteronomy 23:15, and Luke 12:47.

It seems that a lot of harm could be caused by using biblical verses to condone laws being passed. Then again, that’s just me.

Chief Justice Roy Moore actually has a history of not separating church and state. In 2003, he was removed from office for defying a federal judge’s order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state Supreme Court building. Unfortunately, Alabama didn’t learn it’s lesson, and Moore was re-elected in 2012. In 2014, he suggested that the First Amendment only protects the religious speech of Christians.

Will Chief Justice Roy Moore once again defy federal judge rulings and be removed from office? Will Alabama allow him to win again? Will he stand in front of the courthouse and not allow same-sex couples to get married? Only time will tell. One thing’s for sure – his policies are causing harm to anyone he doesn’t seem “worthy” in God’s eyes.


Caleb Woods is a Communications and English major. He is a reader, a writer, and an activist for LGBT rights, women’s rights, and the rights of the American people. He has lived in Alabama for his entire life and has experienced first-hand discrimination and bigotry. He hopes to change hearts and minds across the world so that people may show more compassion and empathy for their fellow man and woman. Click here if you'd like to donate money to Caleb's coffee fund.