Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore spoke at the
Family Research Council's annual pastors' retreat in Washington,
D.C. on May 22, 2015. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)
(CNSNews.com) – The chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Roy Moore, said he believes that if the U.S. Supreme Court rules in June that homosexual marriage is a Constitutional right, it “will destroy our country,” and added that “there are people who would like to see this country destroyed.”
“What [the court is] doing is they’re toying with something that’s like dynamite and will destroy our country,” Justice Roy Moore told CNSNews.com in an exclusive interview last week during the Family Research Council’s annual pastor’s retreat in Washington, D.C.
Moore said a favorable ruling would mean Americans would be forced to accept homosexual marriage and support it through goods and services for those ceremonies.
He said this is already happening in cases where bakers or florists have faced fines and other consequences for not providing services for homosexual weddings because of their religious beliefs. He also said there are examples in the U.S. military where some chaplains have been disciplined because of their opposition to same-sex marriage.
Moore said the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of homosexual marriage would do more than allow two people of the same sex to be legally married.
“What the Supreme Court is about to do, if they do it, is not redefine marriage but destroy the institution of marriage,” Moore said, citing the high court’s 1885 decision in Murphy v. Ramsey, where the opinion stated that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.
As part of that decision reads: “For certainly no legislation can be supposed more wholesome and necessary in the founding of a free, self-governing commonwealth, fit to take rank as one of the co-ordinate States of the Union, than that which seeks to establish it on the basis of the idea of the family, as consisting in and springing from the union for life of one man and one woman in the holy estate of matrimony; the sure foundation of all that is stable and noble in our civilization; the best guaranty of that reverent morality which is the source of all beneficent progress in social and political improvement.
“And to this end, no means are more directly and immediately suitable than those provided by this act, which endeavors to withdraw all political influence from those who are practically hostile to its attainment.”
“I think there’s an attempt to destroy the institution of marriage and I think it will cause, literally cause the destruction of our country or lead to the destruction of our country over the long run,” Moore said. “And I think there are people who would like to see this country destroyed.”
“I’m not saying that everyone who’s homosexual wants to see the country destroyed,” Moore said. “I’m not saying that. I’m saying there’s a push for it.”
In his own state of Alabama, the state Supreme Court is not abiding by a federal district court’s ruling that banning homosexual marriage in unconstitutional. The state Supreme Court made its decision without a vote by Moore, who recused himself from the case.
“The Alabama Supreme Court is not bound by any order of the federal district court,” Moore said. “Just like they’re not bound by any order we issue.”
“They’re parallel court systems,” he said.
Moore said that in the U.S. v. Windsor case that struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, the majority clearly stated that marriage is the purview of the state.
“The federal district courts, according to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013 in the case of U.S. versus Windsor, have no authority and have never had authority over marriage and divorce in the state or family, parent, and child relationships,” Moore said.
He further said that the almost two dozen states where federal district courts have made rulings like the Alabama court could have continued their bans on homosexual marriage.
“So 23 states have basically bowed down to the unlawful authority of the federal courts,” Moore said.
The Supreme Court decision on Obergefell v. Hodges is expected in June.