Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last few years, it’s fairly obvious that same-sex marriage is quickly moving toward becoming a legal reality in the United States. As almost all of these bans on gay marriage continue to get overturned, and with our Supreme Court set to rule on this issue in the next few months, it’s no longer a matter of if same-sex marriage will become legal in this country, but when.
But this reality hasn’t stopped conservatives all across this country from doing just about everything they possibly can to prevent homosexuals from marrying. Though that’s to be expected; when your ignorance is as glaring as theirs is, no one expects them to lose quietly or gracefully.
Make no mistake about it, however, they are are going to lose.
Perhaps the most egregious defiance of this move toward marriage equality in this country happened recently when Alabama’s Chief Justice Roy Moore flat-out told probate judges to not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a direct violation of a federal judge’s ruling on the issue and a blatant slap in the face to our Constitution and the rights it protects.
Well, during an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Moore was soundly humiliated as the CNN host absolutely schooled him on our Constitution and brilliantly exposed his bigotry and ignorance.
“I would suggest that your refusal goes to what you believe marriage is about, and not just to the law,” Cuomo said. “This is just like the Ten Commandments situation. You were told by the federal courts, remove the Ten Commandments from the public square. You didn’t want to, and you wound up losing your job because of it.”
“It’s not about my feelings, it’s about the law,” Moore replied. “And my law, Alabama law, states that I’m chief administrative officer of the judicial system and I must act when the jurisdiction of the probate courts is interfered with by one lone judge who has no power or authority to tell them how to interpret the federal Constitution.”
“It’s about discrimination,” Cuomo stated.
“It’s about sexual preference overcoming an institution which has existed in our state, in our United States for centuries,” Moore quipped.
“Is equal protection a matter for the Supreme Court?” Cuomo asked. “The answer is, of course, yes.”
At this point it’s clear that Moore is already losing this debate badly. At one point in this country’s history our “traditions” were slavery, denying women the right to vote and segregation. Going by Moore’s logic, I guess he feels those shouldn’t have been stopped either considering they had “existed” in Alabama and the United States for generations previously. He claims he doesn’t feel that way, but it only exposes his hypocrisy either way.
But then Moore’s ignorance was really exposed.
“Our rights do not come from the Constitution, they come from God,” Moore insisted.
“Our laws do not come from God, and you know that,” Cuomo replied. “They come from man. Our rights do not come from God. That’s your faith, that’s my faith. But that’s not our country. Our laws come from the collective agreement and compromise. You’re citing that marriage is about a divine institution. You’re putting God before the laws of man. You’re making it about that. And it’s about your ideas of your faith about what marriage is.”
“When you take the rules of your religion and you put them on everybody else, that is not what we do in this country,” he continued. “Your definition of marriage is based on your faith, you’ve said it a hundred times, that it is derived from God. That is not how it works here, and you know that. Equal protection applies to all by compromise. And you would even need to have a rational basis for why it would need to be only between a man and a woman, and all you can say is, ‘Because God said so. It’s always been that way.’ That’s not enough.”
Game. Set. Match.
The simple fact that Roy Moore, someone who’s supposed to interpret our Constitution impartially, claimed that our rights come from God and not our Constitution should instantly be grounds to remove him from his position. He flat-out said he rules based on the Bible and not the laws of our land. If that’s not grounds for dismissal I’m not sure what is. In fact, every case on which he’s ever ruled should be looked back on and checked to make sure his judgements weren’t based on his own personal religious beliefs.
But Moore was absolutely crushed during this interview. The moment he said, “Our rights do not come from the Constitution, they come from God,” it was over. That line in and of itself nullifies any legal argument he has against same-sex marriage.
And while fools like Moore will continue to fight against the inevitable, it never gets old seeing their blatant ignorance exposed for all the world to see. When Moore basically admitted that he rules based on the Bible and not our Constitution, he not only exposed himself, but in reality he exposed the entire bigoted and unconstitutional argument against equality.
Watch the interview below via CNN: