Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore on Friday reiterated his opposition to the Supreme Court's finding that gay and lesbian couples have a constitutional right to marry.

With a one-sentence ruling, the Alabama Supreme Court dismissed a set of petitions asking the court to enforce the state's ban on gay unions: “IT IS ORDERED that all pending motions and petitions are DISMISSED.”

Susan Watson, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, told The Washington Post that in dismissing the petitions the justices had realized “that the U.S. Supreme Court decision holds and that's the law of the land.”

But it took the court 170 pages to explain its conclusion. For his part, Moore wrote a colorful 94-page concurring opinion, in which he claimed that the Supreme Court had overstepped its bounds in the case.

“The opinion appeals more to emotion than law, reminding one of the 1974 song Feelings by Morris Albert, which begins: 'Feelings, nothing more than feelings …,'” Moore wrote. “The Court's opinion speaks repeatedly of homosexuals being humiliated, demeaned, and denied 'equal dignity' by a state's refusal to issue them marriage licenses. The majority seeks to invoke the grief, sorrow, and compassion associated with a Greek tragedy. Riding a tidal wave of emotion, the ensuring tears and pathos then suffice to fertilize a new constitutional right nowhere mentioned in the Constitution itself.”

“The Obergefell majority's theory of constitutional law also overlooks the reality that the purpose of law is to restrain behavior for the public good. … Sodomy has never been and never will be an act by which a marriage can be consummated,” he added.

Groups seeking to undermine the high court's ruling greeted Friday's decision as a victory because it left untouched a March 2015 order, which held that under the U.S. Constitution a state is not required to recognize the marriages of gay and lesbian couples.

Mat Staver, chairman of the Christian conservative Liberty Counsel, called the ruling a “stamp of approval” on that March order.