While there have been many “faces” of the anti-LGBT movement over the years – especially as it pertains to same-sex marriage – one of the most infamous of all of these individuals has been Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore. This is someone who seems to believe that he has the authority to defy the Supreme Court whenever he wants. Because, you know, it’s always a good sign when the chief justice of a state’s highest court apparently doesn’t understand how our Constitution works, or the role of the United States Supreme Court.
Be that as it may, Moore has seemed to believe that “God’s law” supersedes that of the Constitution and the Supreme Court. Even as the Republican party seems to be slowly inching away from this fight, individuals like Moore continue to try to fight a battle that every rational person in the country knows they cannot win.
Well, because Moore has continued to do whatever he can to violate the Constitution and the Supreme Court, he now faces the possibility of being removed from office if the Alabama Court of the Judiciary rules against him.
Until that court hears and rules on those charges, Moore will be suspended with pay from his position atop the state’s highest court.
On Friday, the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission forwarded charges to the commission, accusing the chief justice of violating judicial ethics in his opposition to same-sex marriage.
What Moore did following last summer’s ruling was instruct probate judges to ignore a federal judge in Alabama and the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling, and refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. This all led to the Southern Poverty Law Center filing a complaint against Moore for essentially unconstitutionally trying to infringe upon the Constitutional rights of gay Americans.
“He is such an egomaniac and such a religious zealot that he thinks he can ignore court orders with impunity,” Richard Cohen, President of the Southern Poverty Law Center said. “For the sake of our state, he should be kicked out of office.”
Apparently, Moore seems to think that this commission which can remove him from office doesn’t have the authority to do so.
“The Judicial Inquiry Commission has no authority over the administrative orders of the chief justice of Alabama or the legal injunctions of the Alabama Supreme Court prohibiting probate judges from issuing same-sex marriage licenses,” Moore said. “The Judicial Inquiry Commission has chosen to listen to people like Ambrosia Starling, a professed transvestite, and other gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals, as well as organizations that support their agenda.”
Am I the only one who sees the irony in that statement?
Here we have Moore, someone who seems to believe that he has the power to defy the Constitution and the Supreme Court, claiming that this commission doesn’t have the authority to act against him because his “ruling” supersedes any power they have. Basically this guy seems to believe he’s the most powerful person in the country and can do whatever the hell he wants to do.
This is all so ridiculous. While I would be really shocked to see him removed from office, I don’t see how anyone can logically argue that he shouldn’t be.
The debate over same-sex marriage in this country is over – his side lost.
Just using common sense, it would seem that anyone in Moore’s judiciary position who seems to believe they have the right to defy the highest court in our land should most definitely not occupy such a powerful position. Clearly, Moore rules under the guise of his own personal opinion rather than the Constitution – which goes against everything justices and judges are supposed to do. These individuals are there to interpret the law – that’s it. And in this country, our Supreme Court has the final say so after all other legal processes have been exhausted.
So, this seems fairly simple: Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, in blatant violation of the Constitution and the Supreme Court, ordered probate judges to violate the Constitutional rights of gay Americans.
Again, while I’ll be surprised if he’s removed from office (this is Alabama, after all), I’m looking forward to seeing how those defending him try to rationally explain how they feel he should have the right to order others to defy the U.S. Supreme Court and our Constitution.