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Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore Urges 50 Governors to Pass Federal Marriage Amendment

Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has launched a personal campaign to the governors in every state urging them to pass a federal constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, the AP reports:

MooreRoy Moore has sent letters to all 50 governors urging them to get their legislatures to call for a convention to add an amendment to the U.S. Constitution recognizing only unions between one man and one woman.

Moore says the country's moral foundation is under attack, and a state-initiated convention under Article V of the Constitution is the only way to stop it. An Article V convention has never been held.

Moore is best known for his battle to display a Ten Commandments monument in his state's high court.

Moore said marriage equality invites "ultimate destruction" in a 2012 campaign speech:

"We cannot continue to borrow the future of our children and our grandchildren or we will suffer the consequences. We can't keep going into debt. We can't keep disparaging our military and promoting things like same-sex marriage, L-G-B-T. To hear the President of the United States say that we are promoting L-G-B-T. Let's think about what that is: lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered rights...Same sex marriage will be the ultimate destruction of our country because it destroys the very foundation upon which this nation is based. Divisive, I've been accused of being divisive I'll tell you what's divisive. It's this Democratic platform."

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  1. I simply cannot understand the argument against the existence of gays and gay rights in America from extremist bigots like Moore. They never provide facts to prove how our community will "destroy the very foundation upon which this nation is based". Never...ever. He and his kind live in some fantasy world where we - the "other" - harm his children and grandchildren. I can't figure out what it is we do to cause this destruction to family and country. So, I'd appreciate Moore enlightening me so, at least when I detest his homophobic position, I can understand why I'm doing so.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Feb 6, 2014 1:49:19 PM


  2. Roy:
    We are not a theocracy based on superstition-

    Posted by: Nick | Feb 6, 2014 1:51:49 PM


  3. it's a good thing the GOP is so focused on The Economy and Jobs and Employment and getting Americans affordable healthcare.

    oh wait. they're not. they're too busy telling millions of americans that gay couples being treated as equals will destroy America.

    must be thursday.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 6, 2014 1:53:26 PM


  4. Wow, they are really getting desperate now. Their World is crashing down around them.

    Posted by: Rob | Feb 6, 2014 1:59:31 PM


  5. Roy, you are not very green. That was a waste of at least 25 sheets of paper.

    Posted by: youandme | Feb 6, 2014 2:02:55 PM


  6. He is also called for the execution of gay people in a ruling about a custody dispute between two lesbians.

    Posted by: Steve | Feb 6, 2014 2:13:47 PM


  7. I'm sure the Christians in the audience told him he is all wrong for wanting to do such a hateful thing. Oh wait, no they didn’t. They all believe former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is a man of high Biblical morality.
    And to the Christians that are reading this that don’t like the truth that I tell. You are nothing more than enablers of this man’s hate. You cannot believe in a loving God and say the Bible is the “word of God”. Your kind never stands up for love.
    Jesus died in vain.

    Posted by: 1♥ | Feb 6, 2014 2:14:06 PM


  8. Correction: the dispute was between a lesbian and her abusive ex-husband. Custody was of course awarded to the abusive ex-husband.

    Posted by: Steve | Feb 6, 2014 2:14:41 PM


  9. The ramblings of a out of touch, bigot, racist man from a crumbling political persuasion. Gotta love it.

    Posted by: Don | Feb 6, 2014 2:15:47 PM


  10. Doesn't he know the tide (see what I did there?) is turning against his type?

    Alabama is not the United States. It's not even a united state.

    Posted by: George Wallace | Feb 6, 2014 2:22:44 PM


  11. Crikey. We need to break up Alabama and turn the parts over to neighboring states.

    49 states again!

    Posted by: Seriosly | Feb 6, 2014 2:23:53 PM


  12. Roy Moore is not former chief justice. He is Alabama's current chief justice. This campaign completely violates the principal requirement of an independent judiciary--political neutrality. If there is a judicial standards board in Alabama, it's time Alabama citizens start filing complaints and take action against this guy. A political judiciary is no judiciary at all. Moore's perversion of the judiciary has got to be stopped dead in its tracks. Alabama ousted Moore in his first go-around as chief justice for perverting his office with right-wing politics. Time for a second ousting. Get to work, Alabama!

    Posted by: Jim | Feb 6, 2014 2:31:37 PM


  13. If the US really had an independent judiciary, there wouldn't be any judicial elections in the first place. Japan is the only other country that has this nonsense and had it imposed by the US after WWII. It's bad enough with small time judges, but electing Supreme Court judges is the height on insanity.

    Posted by: Steve | Feb 6, 2014 2:40:42 PM


  14. Isn't Moore the guy who wanted to display the Code of Hammurabi or Draco's laws in the Alabama State Court House? Well, I know it was some primitive collection of ancient laws.

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 6, 2014 2:42:23 PM


  15. And here I thought the Constitution was the foundation of our nation...

    Posted by: Decatur-Gator | Feb 6, 2014 2:47:13 PM


  16. The poor citizens of Alabama, to have this ignorant man representing them. The sad reality is that there are people just like Ole Roy from every state, only poor Alabama gets the task of attempting to explain away his incendiary politics as he is in a position of power.

    Perhaps he should spend some quality time constructing a time machine and he could travel backwards to a time when men like him felt "comfortable".

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Feb 6, 2014 2:47:46 PM


  17. remember the good 'ole days when roy moore was a member of the extreme right fringe of republican loonies? skip forward a few years, and he's part of the conservative mainstream. that is scary.

    of course, the swipes calling for dissolution of alabama as un-american doesn't seem that different to me for some reason...

    Posted by: northalabama | Feb 6, 2014 2:48:16 PM


  18. Actually, governors get letters like this all the time on a multitude of issues and how many constitutional conventions have we had? That's right, zero.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 6, 2014 2:51:04 PM


  19. "We cannot continue to borrow the future of our children and our grandchildren or we will suffer the consequences."

    Agreed - Let's allow the LGBT children to even have a future, as a start.


    "We can't keep going into debt."

    Agreed - Give up your salary, you aren't worth the money.


    "We can't keep disparaging our military and promoting things like same-sex marriage, L-G-B-T. To hear the President of the United States say that we are promoting L-G-B-T. Let's think about what that is: lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered rights...Same sex marriage will be the ultimate destruction of our country because it destroys the very foundation upon which this nation is based."

    Spinning your wheels while mud-slinging and bemoaning the loss of a world that never existed isn't doing anything to help place the country in a superior position. Please see the agreement to giving up your salary or you could perhaps get back to work and study the founding principles of this great country of yours, oops I mean OURS.


    Divisive, I've been accused of being divisive I'll tell you what's divisive. It's this Democratic platform."

    Agreed - The Democratic platform shall divide the sinful behavior of the men like you from their position of power and place us all in a position of equality, you might hear about equality while studying on the legitimate founding principles of our country.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Feb 6, 2014 2:59:58 PM


  20. Register. Vote. 2014

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Feb 6, 2014 3:05:40 PM


  21. I a constitutional amendment is required to stop SSM, then Judge Moore must think bans on SSM are unconstitutional...

    Posted by: BobN | Feb 6, 2014 3:07:07 PM


  22. 1. There are 50 states.
    2. 2/3rds of states would need to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitutional .(34 states)
    3. There are currently 17 states with full marriage equality.
    4. 4 Other states recognize some type of same-sex union.
    So the question is does he really think WI, OR, NV, CO and at least one marriage equality state are actually going to vote for this?

    Posted by: Daniel in MO | Feb 6, 2014 3:11:05 PM


  23. @HadEnoughBS, in my experience, people who were raised as Christian fundamentalists have pretty ridiculous ideas about what makes people moral. They think that their own morals are exactly the morals the Bible teaches, that the Bible is the received word of God, that they received their morals from God through Bible instruction, that those morals are THE morals, that belief in the Bible is what sustains morality, and that anyone who rejects those beliefs will descend into depravity. For example, when you hear fundamentalists talk about atheists, they think atheists have no reason and no desire to treat others morally. They think that to become an atheist is to become a self-destructive hedonist--living in a perpetual orgy of drugs, sex, instant gratification, and selfish disregard for others--because they genuinely believe that belief in the Bible is the only thing that keeps people from succumbing to selfish impulses.

    I suspect Roy Moore actually, sincerely believes that this is where the moral foundation of the nation comes from. It's some magic words from God, and the only thing keeping it going is an oral tradition of parents teaching their children the Bible. So of course he thinks that to accept gay rights is to reject the Bible as he understands it, and to threaten the continuity of the oral tradition that keeps God's morality alive, and that the necessary result will be that all of society will be doomed to a life of self-destruction.

    Posted by: JJ | Feb 6, 2014 3:11:37 PM


  24. I'd love to know what Andrew Cuomo and Jerry Brown think of him.

    Posted by: trees | Feb 6, 2014 3:12:10 PM


  25. Scoff all we want at Roy Moore, but imagine a Congress completely under Republican control. Imagine the White House under Republican control. Imagine a majority of States legislatures under Republican control. Imagine a Republican Congress that votes to send a federal marriage amendment to the States for ratification. Imagine 3/4 of the States legislatures approving the amendment which then becomes part of the Constitution.

    This could very well happen. Elections have consequences. Remember this in November 2014 and 2016.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Feb 6, 2014 3:18:56 PM


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