Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore brought his fight to Baldwin County, speaking at the Cattleman’s Association the night of Thursday, February 6. Judge Moore has been rallying for support on his petition, one that would make marriage between one man and one woman the only recognizable law of the land.
“[Wednesday], we sent letters to all 50 governors of the states seeking a constitutional amendment to the United States through the legislatures of the states calling a convention at Congress, and proposing an amendment to the Constitution,” Moore said.
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley weighed in after receiving his letter, telling the Associated Press, “I am a states’ rights person. Marriage licenses are issued by the state. I do believe that most things should be left on a state level.”
That amendment itself reads:
Nothing in this Constitution or in the constitution or laws of any state shall define or shall be construed to define marriage except as the union or one man and one woman, and no other union shall be recognized with the legal incidents therof within the United States or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
FOX10 News reached out to the ACLU of Alabama for a comment on the petition.
“The swing of history is against actions like this, more and more,” said Executive Director Susan Watson.
“Americans are embracing the idea that same-sex couples should have the freedom to marry and have the same protections and dignity as married couples. It just sounds to me like Judge Roy Moore is a little desperate.”
Rep. Patricia Todd, an openly gay state legislator who married her partner in Massachusetts, said she expects most governors to toss Moore‘s letter.
“He’s fighting a losing battle, and he probably knows that,” Rep. Todd, D-Birmingham, said in an interview.
She said the chief justice should recognize Americans’ view and the courts’ views about the issue and how it has changed in recent years. “Get over it, buddy,” Todd said.
FOX10 News asked Moore for his response.
“We’re not fighting a losing battle, we’re retaining the morality of our country, and of course this is a new change that they’re trying to push on our country, so this is a way the people can respond to it,” Moore answered.
FOX10 News also asked the judge how he thinks this looks to the rest of the country.
“I think it looks like one judge is standing up and saying what the judges are doing to this country is wrong, it is against the law, it contradicts the Constitution of the United States, it makes the court look illegitimate in the words of Bowers v. Hardwick in 1986,” Moore said. “When the courts start ruling by judge-made law, they’re assuming authority over the country which they do not have, and which they should not exercise.”
Same-sex marriage is legal in17 states in this country, none of which are in the south.
Nationally, ACLU is spending $10 million to try to increase that number and raise awareness. They say they even have Republican lawmakers on-board for support.
When FOX10 News asked Watson, their Alabama representative, how that could be, she said, “Times are changing, even in Alabama.”
Moore is gathering support via this website, istandwithjudgemoore.com. There, you’ll find the petition and a form to fill to support the Judge’s cause.