Roy Moore, who was fired as the Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice, is running for that office again and says that same-sex marriage will be “the ultimate destruction of our country.” Moore, 65, and a Tea Party Republican, falsely added that same-sex marriage is not about marrying two men or two women but about “destroying an institution ordained by God.” Roy Moore was removed from his office in 2003 after refusing a federal order to remove a monument to the Ten Commandments from the Alabama Judicial Building.
“Same sex marriage will be the ultimate destruction of our country because it destroys the very foundation upon which this nation is based,” Moore told supporters, who responded with applause, at a Tea Party rally yesterday. “Divisive, I’ve been accused of being divisive I’ll tell you what’s divisive. It’s this Democratic platform,” Moore added, according to Alabama.com:
“We cannot continue to borrow the future of our children and our grandchildren or we will suffer the consequences. We can’t keep going into debt. We can’t keep disparaging our military and promoting things like same-sex marriage, L-G-B-T. To hear the President of the United States say that we are promoting L-G-B-T. Let’s think about what that is: lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered rights,” Moore said.
Moore’s face winced, as you can see in the video, upon making that statement.
Alabama has a state law prohibiting same-sex marriage.
“Today we’ve got to go back to that U.S. Constitution. We’ve got to go back to the acknowledgement of God for very basic, relative reasons. People have forgotten why we need God. But let me tell you, without God, you have no rights,” Moore said.
Moore said Democrats wanted a government that is “trying to provide everything to everybody.”
“It simply can’t do that. A government big enough to do that, is big enough to take everything away from you. We are losing our rights and freedoms and the very fundamentals of our society like traditional marriage,”Moore said.
Rep. Patricia Todd, D-Birmingham, said of Moore’s comments on gay marriage that it was,”heartbreaking we still have this divisiveness.” Todd is the chair of Equality Alabama and the state’s first openly gay legislator.
“It’s almost laughable to me. We’re going to bring the downfall of the country? When you have war and the economy? When you look at states that have same sex marriage, they’re all doing pretty good,” Todd said.
Moore faces Jefferson County Circuit Judge Robert Vance Jr. in the Nov. 6 race for chief justice. Vance, a Democrat, is the son of former federal judge Robert Smith Vance, who was assassinated by a mail bomb in 1989.
Vance said Moore was not “focusing on the issues that are actually affecting Alabama.”
“The whole issue of same sex marriage is a non-issue. Alabama has got a constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage,” Vance said.
This week, Antonin Scalia, possibly the most extreme conservative federal Supreme Court justice, came under fire from some progressives after saying it is “easy” to outlaw same-sex marriage — which he called “homosexual sodomy.”
The very concept of a judge running for election, or discussing his personal stances on issues that no doubt will come into his courtroom is offensive and the very definition of judicial imprudence.
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