Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore on Tuesday called on Governor Robert Bentley to defy a federal judge's rulings striking down Alabama's ban on gay marriage.

U.S. District Judge Callie “Ginny” Granade has declared unconstitutional a law and a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual couples in two separate rulings handed down only days apart.

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In a letter to Bentley, a Republican, presumably penned before Granade issued her second ruling, Moore stated that with regard to marriage Alabama's laws “have always recognized the Biblical admonition stated by our Lord.”

“Today the destruction of that institution is upon us by federal courts using specious pretexts based on the Equal Protection, Due Process, and Full Faith and Credit Clauses of the United States Constitution. … If we are to preserve that 'reverent morality which is our source of all beneficent progress in social and political improvement,' then we must act to oppose such tyranny!”

“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 added.

In 2012, Moore, who was ousted from the bench in 2003 for refusing to remove from public property a monument of the Ten Commandments which he had commissioned, criticized President Barack Obama's endorsement of marriage equality, saying such unions will “destroy the very foundation” of America. Last year, he called for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibiting gay couples from marrying.