Alabama justice off bench for defying feds on gay marriage

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has been suspended for the rest of his term for defying federal gay marriage rulings.

The punishment effectively removes Moore from office, without the court officially ousting him. The nine-member Alabama Court of the Judiciary handed down the punishment Friday after ruling Moore had violating standards of judicial ethics.

Moore was found to have encouraged probate judges to deny marriage licenses to gay couples six months after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that everyone has a fundamental right to marry in all 50 states.

Moore vehemently denied that his administrative order was an act of defiance and said his personal beliefs had nothing to do with it.

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  • Kevin Rahe

    Everyone had a fundamental right to marry long before the Obergefell decision. Even same-sex couples could tie the knot without fear of falling on the wrong side of the law since Lawrence v. Texas, in all 50 states.

    Relationships between men and women are uniquely powerful things that can either build or burn a society depending on how they’re conducted. On top of that, while men and women are compatible in one important way, they tend to be INcompatible in almost every other. It is for these reasons that cultures in practically every time and place in history have sought to regulate such relationships, by way of cultural norms, religion, law or some combination of those. These things aren’t true of any other types of relationships, all of which are impotent and therefore simply don’t warrant anyone else’s attention, least of all any particular type of treatment by the government.

    Now we have a judge who’s been thrown off the bench merely for recognizing how important relationships between men and women are to a society, which is a travesty of both justice and reason.