Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore said
Tuesday that his effort to stop probate judges from issuing marriage
licenses to gay and lesbian couples is not about how he treats gay
Moore set up a showdown between federal
and state courts when he ordered probate judges to defy a federal
judge's rulings striking down Alabama's ban on gay marriage. A
majority of judges followed Moore's order; many stopped issuing
marriage licenses altogether.
9 Alabama counties issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.)
Appearing on Bloomberg Politics' With
All Due Respect, Moore insisted that he was on solid footing
in asking judges to disregard a federal court order.
“It is not only okay, there is no
rule that you must regard it. The federal courts and the state
courts have equal authority to interpret the constitution, under our
rules today in the United States,” Moore said.
The exception, Moore added, was the
“The Supreme Court authority is the
only arbiter of a difference of opinion between federal and state
courts, and it would bind state courts.”
Moore also said that excluding gay
couples from marriage was not discriminatory: “All persons have a
right to marry a person of the opposite sex according to the
constitution of Alabama Sanctity of Marriage amendment, and that's
just the way it is, passed by the people of Alabama, some 81
When asked whether he would attend the
wedding of a gay friend, Moore responded: “I've had many friends
who are homosexual. I've treated people just like other people.
This is not about how I treat people or how I go to a wedding or
marriage or anything. It's about the constitution of Alabama, the
constitution of the United States.”
“But you wouldn't be reluctant
personally to go to a same-sex wedding?” host Mark Halperin asked.
“I would not go to a same-sex
wedding, no,” Moore answered.