In an interview with the Alabama Media Group published on Tuesday, Alabama Supreme Court chief justice Roy Moore expressed his disapproval of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to declare same-sex marriage bans passed by individual states to be unconstitutional.
Moore, who in 2003 defied a federal court ruling by refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the State Judicial Building and was removed from office for that defiance, likened the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1857 Dred Scott that declared African-Americans, whether enslaved or freed, could not be U.S. citizens.
“[I]’m not disputing that the Supreme Court ruling is not a precedent for the lower courts,” Moore said. “But I am saying that it’s not in accordance with the Constitution.”
“In the Dred Scott case, the Supreme Court ruled that blacks were property, not citizens of the U.S.,” he added. “That was the interpretation of the majority of the court. Were they right? Of course not.”
Moore went on to note it took the battlefields of the Civil War to overturn that case.
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