Alabama chief justice ousted over gay marriage defiance


#1

The chief justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court was effectively ousted on Friday by a judicial panel that found he unethically resisted U.S. court rulings that legalized same-sex marriage.

Chief Justice Roy Moore, 69, violated judicial ethics by ordering probate judges to defy federal court orders on same-sex marriage, the Alabama Court of the Judiciary ruled.

It was the second suspension for the outspokenly conservative Moore. Earlier, he was sanctioned for refusing to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments in a state building.

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#2

Good. He doesn’t have to like the law of the land, but he does have to abide by it as part of his position.


#3

I agree.


#4

Which law? The Constitution or a clear departure from it?


#5

:thumbsup:


#6

Good for the justice. Not all laws are just and God wouldn’t expect anyone to follow an unjust law.

Meanwhile 400,000 peacefully protest same sex marriage in Mexico. Not much news coverage of that…


#7

Whose law, GOD"S or the lands??? Judge Moore has much courage, something so many seem to lack today! God comes first no matter what!!! Prayers, God Bless.


#8

AMEN !!! God Bless, Memaw


#9

:thumbsup:


#10

The constitution is a living document. It changes with time and isn’t carved in stone (See Article 5 of the constitution). It is subject to amendments and reinterpretations.

News coverage seems in part to be based on the anticipated response of the viewers and that impact on ratings. Often times peaceful protest in the USA don’t get much coverage (sometimes none). If some portion of those people decide to engage in destructive behaviour that portion would likely get more coverage. Sadly this will be seen by some as the tone of all the protesters.


#11

Perhaps you can see the danger in blind obedience to unjust laws.


#12

Great! Can you point out the section of the Constitution where the Federal government is given the power to regulate and define marriage?


#13

There had not been a restriction in the constitution on the sexes of two parties involved in a marriage. Such a restriction apied at state levels was considered unjust (federal and state law is sometimes in conflict). On a related note I think the anti-sodomy laws in Georgia had been overturned because they were also considered unjust.


#14

We will see what God has to say about all this, in the END. God Bless, Memaw


#15

It’s about time… wondering what took so long.


#16

Amazing how any such protest NEVER gets press attention. It is so frustrating.


#17

Amen!


#18

Article V: “The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, …”

Article V provide no permission to Congress, the president, or the Court to "reinterpret " the constitution. It provides only two ways to change it, and an imaginary power to reinterpret it isn’t one of them.
The constitution does, essentially, two things; limit government power to the enumerated powers specifically stated, and to protect inherent human and civil rights but enumerated and not. The "living document " fraud has regularly been invoked to increase government power and limit individual rights. Rights are not subject to reinterpretation, and the limits to government power should never be reinterpreted to be greater than the limits placed on them by the constitution.


#19

The land of course. He’s not in office to judge according to any one religion’s interpretation of God’s law… rather he’s in office to judge according to the law of the land regardless of how his religion feels about that law.


#20

Well said.


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