Alabama's Top Judge: Gay Marriage Rulings Are Federal 'Tyranny'

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  • #5938
    Vitalogy
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    Alabama’s controversial Supreme Court Chief Justice, Roy Moore, urged the state’s governor on Tuesday to oppose a federal judge’s decision to strike down the state’s gay marriage ban, saying “we must act to oppose such tyranny” being imposed by “judicial fiat.”

    Moore, known for unsuccessfully trying to block the removal of a plaque bearing the Ten Commandments that he’d installed at the state courthouse in 2001, told Gov. Roy Bentley in a letter that nothing in Alabama’s constitution allowed the federal government to “redefine” marriage to include gays and lesbians. The state supreme court, he said, has described marriage as a “divine institution.”

    Moore was reacting to the decision on Friday by U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade to throw out Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban. She ordered a 14-day stay on her ruling on Sunday to allow the state time to appeal, though she said the state wasn’t likely to succeed.

    Moore said Alabama laws “have always recognized the Biblical admonition stated by our Lord,” which he said limited marriage to opposite-sex couples.

    “I ask you to continue to uphold and support the Alabama constitution with respect to marriage, both for the welfare of this state and for our posterity,” he said in the letter to Moore. “Be advised that I stand with you to stop judicial tyranny and any unlawful opinions issued without constitutional authority.”

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/alabamas-top-judge-gay-marriage-rulings-are-federal-tyranny-n294991

    How scary for Alabama residents to have this terrible human being as top judge in the state. Wow. Straight up christian taliban.

    #5939
    Amus
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    Secede!!!

    I want a do over on 1865, but don’t fight them thid time.
    Let them go!

    We’ll only have a different, albeit slightly more corrupt third world country on the southern border.

    #5947
    missing_kskd
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    Totally Taliban.

    WOW.

    How does one rise to the level of the judiciary being that fucked up?

    #5954
    Brianl
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    Well, it IS Alabama. Inbreeding, perhaps, Missing??

    #5956
    jerry1949
    Spectator

    How does one rise to the level of the judiciary being that fucked up?

    Nothing tops roe v wade in that department.

    It is sad that citizens cannot define marriage and that a judge can overrule the will of the people.

    #5958
    edselehr
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    F&B,

    First, have you ever actually *read* the Roe v. Wade decision? The court was working to balance a very fine line, and actually restrained themselves from going as far as they might have (e.g. to define when life begins, which they never did)

    Second, judges don’t “overrule” the people, they interpret the law. And they decide when the actions of the people go beyond the law. If you have a complaint about that, take it to the lawmakers, or to those who wrote the constitution (be it the state or federal constitution).

    Do you feel the same way about judges “overruling the will of the people” in the Hobby Lobby case?

    #5959
    Amus
    Participant

    It is sad that citizens cannot define marriage and that a judge can overrule the will of the people.

    There is a reason for that.

    It’s called the Tyranny of the majority.

    #5964
    Brianl
    Participant

    Wow. So much for the promise to not invoke the “Big A” into a thread that has absolutely nothing to do with it.

    As for the will of the people, this pesky thing called the Constitution trumps that.

    We’ve been over this so many times. That horse has been flogged.

    #5966
    Andy Brown
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    “Nothing tops roe v wade in that department.”

    You don’t know what you’re talking about, ace. Be sure and re read edselehr’s response to your ineptitude.

    “It is sad that citizens cannot define marriage and that a judge can overrule the will of the people.”

    Citizens have. It’s just not what you want.

    You are nothing more than a pouting child who likes to wage war against social norms by citing veiled question survey results that appear to put minority opinions into a majority position. You are weak and undereducated. Period.

    #5968
    missing_kskd
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    I’m ignoring abortion concern trolling.

    As far as the will of the people goes, all the gay marriage opponents need to do is present a rational and constitutional case.

    “God says…” is insufficient by law.

    No case?

    Well, then we proceed to maximize personal freedoms.

    #5969
    missing_kskd
    Participant

    Brian, no kidding. Maybe it is in the water. Who knows?

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