Roy Moore, the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, believes that homosexual marriage is a violation of the natural order established by God and that if it is legally sanctioned nationwide in America, it “will be the ultimate destruction of our country.”
The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to start hearing arguments next week on whether state bans on gay marriage are unconstitutional; a final ruling by the high court is expected in June.
Judge Moore has frequently spoken against gay marriage and during a 2012 Tea Party rally in DeKalb County, Ala., he made his views clear, noting first how the national debt is burdening our children and grandchildren and then how homosexual marriage will hurt the nation.
“We cannot continue to borrow the future of our children and our grandchildren, or we will suffer the consequences,” said Judge Moore. “We can’t keep going into debt. We can’t keep disparaging our military and promoting things like same-sex marriage.
“L,G,B,T,” he said. “To hear our president of the United States say that we’re promoting L,G,B,T, let’s think of what that is. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.”
“Same-sex marriage will be the ultimate destruction of our country because it destroys the very foundation upon which this nation is based,” said Judge Moore.
“We’ve got people saying, well, it will do away with the institution of marriage,” he said. “That’s what it’s about. It’s not about marrying two men or two women. It’s about destroying an institution ordained of God.”
“You know something?” he said. “The government, the civil government has no authority over that institution – not to change it. That’s an institution ordained of God.”
Judge Moore then paraphrased form Matthew 19:5, “Therefore, shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall cleave to his one wife, and they shall be one flesh.”
“We can’t tamper with that,” said the chief justice. “If we do, we’ll suffer the consequences.”
Chief Justice Moore, 68, is married and has four children. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and then earned his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law. He is a Baptist.