Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore displayed his breathtaking ignorance about sexual identities and orientations in an interview with the Associated Press this week.
The New Civil Rights Movement’s David Badash noted that in an interview about the possible consequences of legalizing same-sex marriage, Moore said, “You’re taking any definition of a family away.”
“When two bisexuals or two transgendered marry, how large is that family?,” he posited. “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?”
Moore is clearly laboring under serious misconceptions about what constitutes a same-sex marriage, not to mention the definition of the word “transgender.”
It appears that Moore believes that being “transgendered” means that one person is divided into two separate beings of opposite genders. Furthermore, none of the states in the U.S. that have legalized same-sex marriage have authorized marriages between more than two people, nor do they show any inclination to do so.
Moore has stated that he will do everything in his power to block the progress of marriage equality in his state. The 68-year-old jurist has become an icon to Christian fundamentalists for this fight and for his quixotic battle to display an elaborate monument to the Christian Bible’s Ten Commandments in Alabama’s main federal courthouse.
Justice Moore conceded to the AP that if the Supreme Court rules this term that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry in the U.S., then he and his state must submit to federal law.
“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.