Alabama Chief Justice Moore may be chief justice no more
"Homosexual conduct is, and has been, considered abhorrent, immoral, detestable, a crime against nature, and a violation of the laws of nature and of nature's God upon which this Nation and our laws are predicated. Such conduct … is destructive to a basic building block of society—the family. … It is an inherent evil against which children must be protected." A Don Wildmon fundraising letter? Nope. An Alabama Supreme Court decision written by Chief Justice Roy Moore, who became famous several years ago for his defiant display of the Ten Commandments.
Moore issued a concurring opinion in a case awarding custody of three children to their father over their lesbian mother. And now that case—or more specifically, Moore's decision—is becoming a national issue. The Christian Coalition (yes, it's still around) is praising Moore's act, saying he protected marriage and strengthened traditional families. Gay rights organizations are calling him unfit to sit on the bench. "Chief Justice Moore has decreed that his personal religious beliefs will now be the law of the land in Alabama," the head of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force tells The New York Times. "This violates the constitutional mandate of separation of church and state, and it renders him unfit to serve as a judge." The Times reports that State Rep. Alvin will "ask the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission to examine Chief Justice Moore's opinion to see whether he should be removed."
Even if he's not removed, editorializes The Montgomery Advertiser, he may have shot himself in the foot: "Ironically, Moore may well have provided an avenue for the federal courts to overturn any presumptions against homosexual parents ...1
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