Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Defends Family against Feds

The Alabama Chief Justice urges the governor to defy unconstitutional marriage definitions that might be imposed by Federal courts.

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Thank you, Lord, for Judge Roy Moore. Thank you.

I refer to the report from the New American: “Alabama Chief Justice Urges Defiance of Federal Tyranny.”

In a powerful letter sent to Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley this week, Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court encouraged the Republican governor and lower courts to defy “judicial tyranny” — specifically, a recent unconstitutional ruling by a federal judge purporting to overturn the state’s constitutional protections for the “divine institution” of marriage. Quoting scripture from the Holy Bible, the state Constitution, as well as previous federal and state Supreme Court rulings, Chief Justice Moore argued that federal courts were using “specious” arguments aimed at “destroying” marriage, with far-reaching consequences for Alabama and beyond. Moore warned in the letter that issuing “marriage licenses” to homosexuals would be a violation of state law and Alabama’s Constitution. The governor also indicated in a statement that he would continue to defend the state Constitution and the will of the people.

The letter from Chief Justice Moore, the state’s highest judicial official, was released days after U.S. District Court Judge Callie Granade issued a ruling purporting to expand the definition of marriage to include homosexual couples. For Chief Justice Moore and other top Alabama officials, however, the controversial federal order goes far beyond any semblance of legitimate constitutional power. “As you know, nothing in the United States Constitution grants the federal government the authority to redefine the institution of marriage,” Moore wrote in his letter, adding that the people of Alabama had specifically recognized in the state Constitution that a marriage is a “sacred covenant, solemnized between a man and a woman.” The state Supreme Court has also ruled that marriage is a “divine institution.”

Now watch the attacks and name-calling begin. Opponents will not address the Chief Justice’s arguments, nor accurately cited history; they will focus on the man with unjust and lying smears and bigotry, and ignore the facts.

[See also, “If Our Civil Rulers Deny Jesus, Then Jesus Will Deny Them.”]

Moore’s letter is packed with support for his position. In addition to the state Constitution, the U.S. Constitution, and previous Alabama Supreme Court rulings protecting the institution of marriage, the chief justice also cited a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. “Even the United States Supreme Court has repeatedly recognized that the basic foundation of marriage and family upon which our Country rests is ‘the union for life of one man and one woman in the holy estate of matrimony; the sure foundation of all that is stable and noble in our civilization; the best guaranty of that reverent morality which is the source of all beneficent progress in social and political improvement,’” Moore explained, quoting the U.S. high court’s decision in Murphy v. Ramsey.

More than thirty states have allowed the clear and rightly determined will of the People to be overturned on the tyrannical whims and fancies of Federal judges. Perhaps here is the new “shot heard round the nation” that will stem the tide, and put steel in a few spines.

Judge Moore has something. It’s called conviction—principle—honor. He is the opposite of a politician. He’s everything virtually all of our elected leaders are not, which is why he’s so despised and hated.