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."

Comments

  1. HadenoughBS says

    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.

  2. says

    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.

  3. Steve says

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

  4. 1♥ says

    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.

  5. Steve says

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

  6. Don says

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

  7. George Wallace says

    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.

  8. Seriosly says

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

    49 states again!

  9. Jim says

    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!

  10. Steve says

    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.

  11. andrew says

    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.

  12. Hey Darlin' says

    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”.

  13. northalabama says

    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…

  14. anon says

    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.

  15. Hey Darlin' says

    “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.

  16. BobN says

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

  17. Daniel in MO says

    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?

  18. JJ says

    @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.

  19. jamal49 says

    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.

  20. JackFknTwist says

    Go ahead , call a Constitutional Convention,; there will be others items on that agenda……the reduction of Senate representation for sparsely populated states, the power to dissolve the entire Congress where it refuses to govern……the UN Charter of Human Rights being incorporated into the Constitution, the recognition of and participation in the World Criminal Court and the obligations to extradite citizens under warrant.

  21. says

    There will never be an Article V Constitutional Convention. Never. It is too risky for both conservatives and liberals, because any sort of amendment could be added.

  22. Dawson says

    How about first making divorce a crime. Let’s start there first. No straight person can get a divorce and if they commit adultery they are stone to death as the good book says.

    Let’s start throwing it back at them and not at us.

  23. Steve says

    How about, no? People need to let go of this idiotic idea that divorce is a bad thing. In some cases it’s exactly the right thing to do. Keeping people in loveless – or worse abusive – marriages is a bad thing. It’s bad for the children too.

  24. nola fred says

    >The poor citizens of Alabama, to have this ignorant man representing them.< The citizens of Alabama are the ones who ELECTED him to be chief justice of the state Supremes. It’s an elective office in Bama.

  25. JackFknTwist says

    @ HOMER :
    Exactly !

    The USA doesn’t exactly have a new Madison to guide such a Convention……though maybe Ted Cruz, (green eggs and ham guy,) thinks he might be a new Madison.
    What delusions.

  26. NotSafeForWork says

    Does he know how the amendment process for the federal Constitution works? Clearly, he does not. Derp. Bigotry fail.

  27. Hue-Man says

    How about a constitutional amendment to criminalize heterosexual divorce? That would “Focus on the Family”.

  28. AdamTh says

    @Hue-Man — “How about a constitutional amendment to criminalize heterosexual divorce? That would “Focus on the Family”. ”

    What? You don’t think Crazy Roy would support you on that idea? He would.

  29. northalabama says

    nola, not to pick nits, it would be better stated “a majority of the citizens of alabama” elected him.

    roy moore was elected with 52% of the vote (not 100%), leaving 48% of the state voting against him. alabama is often evenly divided, and has become extremely polarized, like much of the country.

  30. Dback says

    Jamal, I remember the two years under Bush II where the Congress was also Republican, and it was a scary, scary time. We’re still trying to clean up some of the environmental disasters and sops to big business, as well as the new abortion restrictions passed during that time. Those anti-Obama people yelling “I want my country back”-no thanks, I saw what you people did and what you want. Thank Jesus Karl Rove’s dream of a permanent Republican majority was swept away with Katrina.

  31. nola fred says

    NorthAlabama said:

    >nola, not to pick nits, it would be better stated “a majority of the citizens of alabama” elected him.< Point taken. My late mom & I were in Bama right after Katrina. There are a lot of damned nice folks there, but oy! The politics. And, we have lil booby jindal and “diaper dave” vitter and vitter now wants to be next guv in La. What are you gong to do?

  32. Tumf says

    I have gay friends – I don’t judge them on their sexual preference. But it took Adam & Eve, not Adam & Steve, to create a human being. Gays have the same rights I do – I can’t marry someone of my sex either, so we’re even…. I am happy that Roy takes a stand and defends it, period.