Anti-Gay Alabama Chief Justice Responds to SPLC Complaint Over Direction to Not Issue Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples
On Wednesday Liberty Counsel founder and CEO Mat Staver stood before the cameras and droned on in support of his client, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore. Moore is under attack by theÂ Southern Poverty Law Center and others for his actions surrounding the Supreme Court's marriage decision and his instructions to Alabama magistrates to not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The SPLC filed a complaint.
Staver, and later at the podium, Moore claimed the complaint was "politically motivated." At stake: whether or not the complaint leads to official ethics charges by theÂ Judicial Inquiry Commission of Alabama.
But it was their other language and attacks that were especially revealing and offensive.
Staver referred to one of the people who filed the complaint against Moore as an "admittedÂ transvestite."
Moore slammed his criticsÂ asÂ "atheists, homosexuals and transgender individuals." At one point he referred to a trans woman as "her," but "corrected" himself, calling her, "him."
At another point, Moore saidÂ â€œtranssexualism is a known mental illness,â€ or was,Â until 2013, and suggested it still should be classified as such.
â€œWeâ€™re in a serious time in our country," Moore told the few reporters who attended his press conference. "We are at a time in our country when people who just a few years ago would have been ascribed a mental illness, a mental disorder. When I started in 2013, if that would have happened then, this person and the people around herâ€¦ would have been said to have a mental disorderâ€¦ Today that person is violating and has violated a court order and is now bringing complaints against theÂ Chief Justice."
Moore claims that despite publishing an order directing Alabama magistrates to not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples,Â â€œThere is nothing in writing that you will find that I told anybody to disobey a federal court order. Thatâ€™s not what I said.â€
That will be forÂ Judicial Inquiry Commission of Alabama to decide.