Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Stewart Moore has compared opposition to marriage equality to resisting slavery and segregation.

The Nevada-based Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP) honored Moore last week for his opposition to allowing gay couples to marry, bestowing on him their inaugural Letter from a Birmingham Jail Award, which was inspired by the famous letter calling for a non-violent response to racism written by the late civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Moore injected himself into the marriage debate in Alabama, ordering state probate judges – who issue such licenses – to ignore a federal judge's ruling striking down Alabama's ban. A subsequent order from the Alabama Supreme Court put a temporary halt to the weddings of gay couples.

In accepting the award at the steps of the Alabama Supreme Court, Moore compared federal court decisions striking down state bans on gay marriage to Supreme Court decisions in Plessy v. Ferguson and Dred Scott v. Sandford.

In Plessy, the high court upheld state laws requiring racial segregation in public accommodations.

After reading a passage from the dissent in Plessy, Moore said it “seemed to ring very true in the issue before this country today about same-sex marriage and taking away the institution of marriage as between one man and one woman.”

The blog Left in Alabama captured video from the event.