CNN just ran a breaking news piece on Alabama's Chief Justice blocking same sex marriage license licenses. As it turns out, Roy Moore, the right wing's most fervent religious justice is at it again. He's placing his religious views ahead of his job, his constituents and the Supreme Court by blocking same sex marriage licenses.
Alabama's probate courts may not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court said in an order issued Wednesday.
Chief Justice Roy Moore said Alabama's Marriage Protection Act, which bars such unions, remains "in full force and effect" despite a June ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that struck down similar laws banning same-sex marriage in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.
"Until further decision by the Alabama Supreme Court, the existing orders of the Alabama Supreme Court that Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary to the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment or the Alabama Marriage Protection Act remain in full force and effect," Moore wrote in the order.
Alabama is faced with conflicting rulings between an earlier decision of Alabama's Supreme Court and the Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, Moore wrote. Until the Alabama court acts to resolve the conflict, its earlier decision stands...
This is a fool's errand as has been all his attempts to turn Alabama into a theocracy. You may remember this story from 2003:
Alabama's judicial ethics panel removed Chief Justice Roy Moore from office Thursday for defying a federal judge's order to move a Ten Commandments monument from the state Supreme Court building.
It's bad enough that he was booted from his Chief Justice position in 2003, but why Alabama voters felt it neccessary to re-elect him to his former position in 2012, is beyond me.
Moore defeated Bob Vance, a Democrat and a circuit judge in Jefferson County, in November 2012. “I have no doubt this is a vindication,” Moore said in his election night speech, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Chief Justice Moore is imitating Kentucky, but that didn't work out so well, did it?