Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was suspended for upholding the law of God, the laws of Alabama and the Constitution of Alabama against the redefining of marriage to include sodomites. Now, he is facing charges over his urging of probate judges to not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
The LA Times reports:
For the second time in 13 years, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, the contentious Deep South jurist who urged probate judges across the state not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, stands trial Wednesday on charges of violating the canons of judicial ethics.
If found guilty, he could be ousted from the bench for a second time.
Moore faces six charges stemming from a controversial order he sent Alabama probate judges in January, instructing them they had a “ministerial duty” not to issue any marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing such unions.
If the special disciplinary panel of judges, lawyers and private citizens finds Moore abused his office, he faces a range of penalties, from censure to suspension without pay and removal from the bench. Removal from his position would require a unanimous vote.
“I would never tell them what to do, except to advise them,” Moore said in testimony.
“In that administrative order, I am not telling them to do anything,” Moore added. “It would be against the principles that I hold dear to tell anyone to defy a court order. That is their decision.”
When Prosecutor John Carroll told Judge Moore that Alabama’s Attorney General acknowledged that same-sex “marriage” is the law of the land, Moore responded, “”What is the law of the land? What is the supreme law of the land?”
Obviously, Moore was appealing to the US Constitution, which does not giver authority to the DC government to define marriage, but under the Tenth Amendment reserves that right to the state and the people.
Of course, constitutionally illiterate prosecutor Ashby Pate wanted to pull from historical and literary context and declare, “In a game of Constitutional chicken between state and federal courts, the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution tells us who must yield.”
Even worse, Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, said, “Roy Moore doesn’t know the difference between being a judge and being a preacher. “He thinks his religious beliefs should trump his obligations under the law, and that’s a dangerous thing.”
As if the Southern Poverty Law Center is unbiased and has a clue as to what the law actually is. Actually Mr. Cohen would do well to understand the Tenth Amendment, as well as the enumerated powers of the federal courtsand the Congress and stop making a fool of himself in his statements.
“If we sit back and let the federal courts intrude their powers into state sovereignty, then we’re neglecting everything about which the Constitution stands,” Moore rightly said.