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Alabama’s chief justice, known as the Ten Commandments judge, fights gay marriage

Posted Feb 7, 2014 8:28 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, known as the Ten Commandments judge, is taking up a new cause.

Moore has written to the governors of all 50 states in an effort to enact a federal constitutional ban on gay marriage, the Associated Press reports. Moore is urging the governors to ask their legislatures to call for a constitutional convention to enact the amendment.

Moore told the wire service that “the moral foundation of our country is under attack” and “judges are warping the law.”

Though an Article V convention has never been held, "I think the time is ripe for that to happen with the political atmosphere in Congress,” Moore told AP. “They can't get along or agree on anything."

Moore was ousted from the state’s top court in 2003 for his refusal to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building. He was re-elected to the court in 2012.

Susan Watson, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, issued a statement criticizing Moore’s campaign, AL.com reports.

"Chief Justice Roy Moore said that government has become oppressive and this is yet another perfect example of his contributions to the matter," the statement said. "His definition of marriage as 'one man-one woman' is a religious one. We support everyone's rights to have their own religious beliefs, but he is chronically imposing his beliefs on others."

Hat tip to How Appealing.

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