Alabama’s anti-gay state Supreme Court judge blamed “atheists, homosexuals and transgender individuals” for his legal troubles during a Wednesday press conference, AL.com reports.
Roy Moore is facing complaints of ethics violations and accusations that he directed Alabama judges to defy the Supreme Court’s 2015 Obergefell ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in all U.S. states. Activists filed complaints with the Judicial Inquiry Commission of Alabama, which will determine whether Moore will face ethics charges.
He blamed Ambrosia Starling, who he called a “transvestite,” for performing what he characterized as an illegal “mock wedding” on the court steps in January — months after the federal high court legalized the unions.
“We’re in a serious time in our country. We are at a time in our country when people who just a few years ago would have been ascribed a mental illness, a mental disorder,” he said. “When I started in 2013, if that would have happened then, this person and the people around her… would have been said to have a mental disorder… Today that person is violating and has violated a court order and is now bringing complaints against the chief justice.
Shortly after the Supreme Court’s June ruling, Moore declared the high court doesn’t have the authority to define marriage because of beliefs that God created marriage. He said in July that he believed same-sex marriage was legalized by people being influenced by Satan.
Moore is being represented by Mat Staver, a religious activist attorney from the Liberty Council, which also represented the anti-gay Kentucky clerk, Kim Davis.
“For months I’ve sat back while complaint after complaint has been filed by persons and individuals and organizations which have mischaracterized and misstated my position,” Moore said Wednesday. “There is nothing in writing that you will find that I told anybody to disobey a federal court order. That’s not what I said.”
Watch Moore’s comments, as posted by AL.com, here:
GOP consultant shreds Trump for latest rant about ‘The Hispanics’: ‘Textbook definition of racism’
President Donald Trump this week mocked one of his Hispanic supporters during a campaign rally by claiming that he looked white and then asking him, "Who do you like more, the country or the Hispanics?"
In an interview with ABC News, Republican consultant Mike Madrid slammed Trump and said his remarks made it sound like he was trying to make "a distinction between Hispanics and true Americans."
Madrid added that the president seems to believe that Hispanics must renounce their heritage in order to be truly accepted as American citizens.
Russians protest over crackdown in growing solidarity campaign
A campaign in support of jailed Russian demonstrators gained momentum Wednesday, with celebrities, priests and teachers calling for their release and more than 200 people protesting outside the presidential administration.
This month, six people received jail terms ranging from two to four years following a wave of anti-government protests in Moscow.
The sentencing of young actor Pavel Ustinov caused particular outrage, sparking a rare solidarity drive among popular actors and other Kremlin-friendly celebrities.
Dozens of stars with millions of followers on social media who usually steer clear of politics took to Instagram, saying Ustinov, who was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for violence against police, was simply an innocent bystander.
Donald Trump calls Beto O’Rourke ‘dummy’ over assault-weapon buyback proposal
In a tweet Wednesday morning, the president said presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke is making it harder to make a deal regarding gun control.
President Donald Trump added Beto O'Rourke to his list of nicknamed politicians, referring to the Democratic presidential candidate as "Dummy Beto" in a tweet on Wednesday morning.
Dummy Beto made it much harder to make a deal. Convinced many that Dems just want to take your guns away. Will continue forward! https://t.co/87jvaYUkyn