Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy S. Moore last week insisted that gay people have the right to marry, provided they marry a person of the opposite sex.

Moore, an outspoken opponent of marriage equality, attempted to block a federal judge's ruling declaring unconstitutional Alabama's ban on gay marriage by ordering probate judges to ignore the ruling. A majority of judges initially followed Moore's directions but most later reversed course. Moore has also said that he would not follow a Supreme Court order invalidating restrictive state marriage bans.

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The issue in Alabama became increasingly confusing when the Alabama Supreme Court ordered probate judges to stop issuing such licenses.

Appearing last week on Fusion's America, Moore incorrectly told host Jorge Ramos that 36 states have “been forced by federal courts to get rid of their constitutional amendments and state statutes.”

“I'm not saying people don't have rights. It's not about rights,” he said. “And everybody has the same right to enter the institution of marriage by marrying a person of the opposite sex.”

Moore dismissed comparisons between gay rights and civil rights, saying they are not the same.

“You're talking about sexual preference, that's a completely different matter. It's not a civil right to choose what sex you wanna be.”

“Do you think that people choose to be gay or not to be gay?” Ramos asked.

“I'm saying, that's what you choose. That's not the way you were born. … You're born male or female. You can't choose to be a woman by transgender.”

“Did you choose to be heterosexual?”

“I didn't choose it, that's the way I am,” Moore answered.