HERO: Alabama's Chief Justice Outrages Gay Rights Camp by Refusing to Abide by Supreme Court
Just as it seemed America was resigned to -- if not applauding -- gay and lesbian marriages, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has rocked the LGBT boat by ordering his state's probate judges to not honor same-sex marriage licenses.
"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," Moore wrote in his order that was issued Jan. 6.
The phrase "ministerial duty" refers to a July 2015 directive in which Moore argued "public officials are ministers of God assigned the duty of punishing the wicked and protecting the righteous."
"You cannot serve two masters: you must pick -- God or Satan," he wrote.
"The criminal laws against homosexual sodomy are for the protection of the righteous, particularly the young, the weak, the vulnerable, who need the law to teach them right from wrong when in a vulnerable state," Win Johnson, the director of the legal staff of the Administrative Office of Courts, wrote in addition to Moore's July order.
"The U.S. Supreme Court, although it claims to have done so in 2003, cannot take something that God calls a crime and declare it not a crime," Johnson also wrote.
Liberals and other gay rights supporters, who were flabbergasted and even amused by Moore's July order, were outraged by the way Moore rang in the New Year in Alabama.
The Southern Poverty Law Center wants Moore kicked off the bench. The liberal organization has added his latest judicial order to an ongoing ethics complaint against Moore.
"Chief Justice Roy Moore is once again demonstrating that he is unfit to hold office," SPLC President Richard Cohen said. "You would think after being removed from the bench once before that the chief justice would know better."
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