John M. Becker

Roy Moore Picks Desperate Federal Marriage Fight

Filed By John M. Becker | February 07, 2014 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Alabama, Christianists, Democratic Party, gay marriage, marriage equality, Roy Moore, same-sex marriage, Stonewall Democrats, Ten Commandments, wingnuts

roy-moore.jpgDesperate for relevance, party of one? Your table's ready.

Roy Moore is the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court who became a darling of the right wing in 2003 when he defied a federal court order to remove a 2.5-ton statue of the Ten Commandments from the state Supreme Court building, making headlines in the process. A state ethics panel removed him from the bench that same year, but since he was not impeached, he's still eligible to hold office, and he won his seat on the court back in 2012.

He's also a well-known homophobe, of course. (During his 2012 campaign he claimed that marriage equality would bring "the ultimate destruction of our country.")

In a desperate bid to thrust himself back into the media spotlight, Moore launched a personal campaign yesterday to push for a federal marriage discrimination amendment.

The AP reports:

Roy Moore has sent letters to all 50 governors urging them to get their legislatures to call for a convention to add an amendment to the U.S. Constitution recognizing only unions between one man and one woman.

Moore says the country's moral foundation is under attack, and a state-initiated convention under Article V of the Constitution is the only way to stop it. An Article V convention has never been held.

Of course, such an amendment is a long-lost cause, with polls consistently showing a clear majority of Americans supporting equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. Alabama Democratic Rep. Patricia Todd, a recently-married lesbian, dismissed Moore's letter, telling the AP that she expects most governors to toss it because public opinion has changed and he must accept it.

Surprisingly, the Alabama Democratic Party has not yet publicly responded to Moore's latest round of anti-LGBT demagoguery. The Alabama Stonewall Democrats are circulating a petition urging Party Chair Nancy Worley to denounce Justice Moore and reaffirm the Democratic Party's commitment to equality.

Whether or not you live in Alabama, take a few seconds to stick up for equality this morning by signing their petition here.

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