SPLC Attacks Alabama Judge Over Traditional Marriage

Alabama Judge Roy Moore has opened up over the internal conflict he suffered while standing against the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling against traditional marriage.

Judge Moore made national headlines in 2015 when he instructed probate judges not to issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples.

Even after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling, Judge Moore advised the probate courts that his order was still in effect, until the Alabama Supreme Court ruled on the issue.

WorldNetDaily.com reports:

It was the Alabama Supreme Court’s inability to decide a case following the U.S. Supreme Court’s creation of same-sex “marriage” that prompted its chief justice, Roy Moore, to advise probate judges in the state that his March, 2015 order not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples was still in effect.

 

In the Jan. 6 [2016] administrative order, his intent simply was to reassure the public and the state’s judiciary that the issue had not been forgotten, nor had it been resolved, Moore explained in an affidavit submitted in a motion to dismiss the judicial ethics complaint brought against him by the state’s Court of the Judiciary.

 

Moore is suspended from his duties until the complaint is resolved.

Judge Moore’s actions were largely a result of the judicial confusion surrounding the U.S. Supreme Court’s sweeping and unconstitutional decision regarding marriage laws and amendments.

In March, 2015, Judge Moore issued his order barring same-sex marriage licenses. This was done to preempt probate courts from taking the law into their own hands — as so many government officials had done across the country in the name of their preferred political agenda.

This lawlessness was encouraged in part by the words of then U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who encouraged his state-level counterparts to do whatever they felt necessary to bring “gay marriage” to their respective states.

Judge Moore’s instructions were for the Alabama courts to maintain respect for both the state constitution and state law.

At that time, the state court was already considering an issue related to same-sex marriages. Even after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision, the state court continued to deliberate on the matter.

Judge Moore explicitly denies that his judicial order was given in defiance of the federal court system.

As of September, 2015, Moore was urging his fellow court justices to finally make a decision, “any decision.”

“Any decision is better than no decision at all,” he wrote. “The uncertainty facing the probate judges [those who issue marriage licenses in the state] is enormous. … They need guidance from us on this court’s view.”

 

A month later, he repeated his plea. “We have a duty to decide the cases before us,” he wrote. “We are coming under increasing scrutiny for our failure to act.”

While Moore said he would not normally comment on this case or admit his frustrations with the court’s inaction, he felt the public deserved an explanation over such an anticipated decision.

As of January, 2016, Moore issued an administrative order informing the probate judges that the issue was still under deliberation. The order was given without any comment on the nature of the issue itself or the delays involved in reaching a decision.

In February, the court released a one-sentence order to dismiss “all pending motions and petitions” — effectively ending the case. The probate judges were told to continue following the order to issue marriage licenses only to male-female couples.

Judge Moore is currently suspended pending charges against him by the Judiciary Inquiry Commission (JIC) over the court’s January, 2016 orders to the probate judges.

Judge Moore has filed a motion to dismiss these charges on the grounds that the JIC does not have the authority to file the complaint.

Further, it has been pointed out that the JIC is attacking Moore on orders, and with help, from the radically leftist Southern Poverty Law Center.