Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore doubled down on his position banning gay marriage saying no lower court has the right to define marriage during a contentious interview with Chris Cuomo on CNN. He said he “dissented” from the federal court’s ruling because it was “exactly like” Supreme Court rulings in Dred Scott and Plessy vs. Ferguson that upheld slavery and segregation. Moore said both decisions were wrong and should not have been followed by the states. So, he’s giving himself supreme powers to do as he pleases based on his views of the definition of marriage.
He is framing his disagreement with gay marriage on the grounds that these two decisions were wrong — blacks were property. Typical spin by white right wing evangelicals. Cuomo hit hard when he told Moore, “Our laws do not come from God, and you know that.” Same sex marriage licenses were issued in some counties in Alabama, while 50 judges followed Moore’s advice. Kinda like the mess that unfolded when Wallace balked at desegregation efforts in the 1960s.
Roy Moore dredging up the Dred Scott decision is a favorite ploy of same sex marriage opponents. During the CNN interview, he demanded to know if Cuomo would have ruled in accordance with the Dred Scott decision had he been a justice during that time. Cuomo slapped back, saying Moore was only trying to skirt his obligations by pushing them on others by dissenting. Justices were allowed to dissent on a decision they did not agree with.
Moore said gay marriage is an alteration of the word marriage and that no court has the right to alter the Constitution under the 10th Amendment. He said every person in the U.S. has the right to marry someone of the opposite sex. This reminds me of the dust-up he caused when he refused to remove the Ten Commandments from the courthouse.
Roy Moore said God gave us the definition of our rights for many centuries until recently, when gay marriage entered the fray. He said the question of the definition of marriage will be taken up by the Supreme Court in June.
The battle between Chris Cuomo and Roy Moore went on for 30 minutes before it ended with CNN losing its satellite connection with the chief judge. What Justice Moore has done was to ignore the court’s ruling based on his values. Um, wrong. But this is nothing new. He has a history of forcing his values on the rest of his state.
By the way, SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg believes American are ready for gay marriage. She said, “The changes in people’s attitudes on that issue has been enormous. In recent years, people have said, ‘This is the way I am.’ And others looked around, and we discovered it’s our next-door neighbor — we’re very fond of them. Or it’s our child’s best friend, or even our child. I think that as more and more people came out and said that ‘this is who I am,’ the rest of us recognized that they are one of us,” Bloomberg reports. Good, that should send Roy Moore on another 30 minute rant.
Watch sparks fly during Justice Roy Moore’s CNN interview: