Judge Moore: Can more than two people marry?

by Joni B. Hannigan, Editorial Staff |
The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court gather for a group portrait in the East Conference Room at the Supreme Court Building in Washington, October 8, 2010. Seated from left to right in front row are: Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Standing from left to right in back row are: Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr., and Associate Justice Elena Kagan. | REUTERS/Larry Downing

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Christian Examiner) -- Alabama's Chief Justice Roy Moore made clear his belief that whatever the Supreme Court decides in regards to same-sex marriage later this year the state courts, including those in Alabama, will have to fall in step.

Moore, 68, made the remarks in an interview with the Associated Press published in a story on AL.com.

He said in the interview that last month after U.S. District Judge Callie Granade on Jan. 23 ruled Alabama's gay marriage ban was unconstitutional, he waited for someone to disagree before those seeking same-sex licenses lined up for marriage licenses.

"I was waiting on others to take a stand. They did not. They would not," Moore told AP.

If the Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage, that would be in the same category of allowing racial segregation, slavery and abortion, he said.

"The ruling of the Supreme Court would bind the state courts. That's the law. That doesn't make the Supreme Court right in making such a decision," he said.

Moore argues that no federal court, even the U.S. Supreme Court, has the right to define marriage.

"You're taking any definition of a family away. When two bisexuals or two transgendered marry, how large is that family? Can they marry two persons, one of the same sex and one of the opposite sex? Then, you've got a family of four or how many?"