Alabama’s Roy Moore: I blocked gay marriages because father-daughter weddings were next
Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore said this week that “men and their daughters or women and their sons” would want to get married next if LGBT people were granted equal marriage rights.
On the Sunday before a federal judge ruled that Alabama must begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses, Moore had ordered the state’s probate judges to refuse licenses to gay couples, a move that was compared to Gov. George Wallace blocking desegregation in the 1960s.
Although some same-sex marriages were performed in Alabama on Monday, more than 50 state judges followed Moore’s advice.
“We waited 33 years for this,” Joe Baker told ABC News on Monday. “It’s a big disappointment.”
But Moore argued that gay marriage was a states’ rights issue because the U.S. Constitution had not given the federal government the power legalize it.
“I think that the definition of the word marriage is not found within the powers designated to the federal government,” he explained to ABC News.
Moore said that he was the only person who could order the state’s probate judges to issue marriage licenses. And since he was not named in the lawsuit, the federal court’s ruling does not apply to him, he said.
And the chief justice was confident that he would “absolutely not” end up on the wrong side of history.
“Do they stop with one man and one man or one woman and one woman?” he asked. “Or do they go to multiple marriages? Or do they go to marriages between men and their daughters or women and their sons?”
Watch the video below from ABC’s Good Morning America, broadcast Feb. 10, 2015.