Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore claimed that same-sex marriage violates the nation's founding principles as he called for a new Constitution that reflects the “reverent morality” of “God’s institution” during a speech Saturday.
“The family springs forth from the union for life from one man and one woman in the holy state of matrimony. It is the sure foundation of all that is noble and stable in our civilization,” Alabama's top judge said, citing the Supreme Court’s 1885 ruling in Murphy v. Ramsey that defines matrimony as the union of “one man and one woman in the holy estate of matrimony." “It is the best guarantee of that reverent morality which is the source of all beneficent progress and social and political improvement. Foundation is the foundation of our country. If it is destroyed, then our Constitution will fail, our government will fail because God’s institution has been interfered with.”
In the speech to Washington state's 28th District Republican Club, Moore discussed his proposal to amend the Constitution to define marriage exclusively as a male-female union, which he assured the group is a small step toward rewriting the Constitution altogether. He insisted, “We ought to go back to an understanding that God determined that a woman be fit for a man and created a woman for a man ... we can’t change that."
“That’s not what same-sex marriage is about anyway. It’s not about two men getting married or two women, it’s about destroying an institution ordained of God," he added. "It’s about feeling good but ignoring God’s laws for happiness, for civilization, for progress as the United States Supreme Court recognizes."
Lamenting what he said is U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s liberal agenda to destroy the Constitution, Moore read a poem he wrote in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Pledge of Allegiance as he reflected on the regrettable downfall of America’s founding values.
“I’m glad they’re [Founding Fathers] not here with us to see the mess we’re in, how we’ve given up our righteousness for a life of indulgent sin, when abortion is no longer called murder, when sodomy is deemed a right, when good is now called evil, and darkness is now called light,” Moore said.
Rallying religious conservatives to take a stand against progressive causes, Moore warned the audience that "God's waiting to see what we do" in the fight against the secularization of American schools.
“I don’t think we need to submit to the liberal agenda any longer and think they’re going to win ... God’s waiting to see what we do, what we as his people, called by his name will do," Moore continued. “Our children are told they can’t pray in school and they teach them evolution. Why can’t they see the fear of God is the only true solution? Our schools have become a battleground while all across the land, Christians just shrug their shoulders, afraid to take a stand.”
Earlier this year, the ultra-conservative judge also suggested the First Amendment applies only to Christians.
Moore was removed from his chief justice position in 2003 for refusing to obey a federal court order to remove his Ten Commandments monument from the state courthouse. Nine years later, he was elected as chief justice again with 52 percent of the vote.