And now we must turn our attention to the land of Alabama, where the debris meets the sea:
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore will appear before a judicial discipline panel Wednesday to answer accusations that he tried to block gay couples from marrying in the Deep South state…
Moore is accused of urging Alabama’s 68 probate judges to refuse marriage licenses to gay couples in defiance of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Moore has vehemently denied the accusation, saying he never told probate judges what they should do on the subject of gay marriage.
Want to hear the legal defense? It’s from Mat Staver, the counsel for Gawd’s Own File Clerk Kim Davis:
“He merely gave a status report on the pending case and the JIC overstepped its authority to bring these politically-motivated charges,” said Moore’s attorney Mat Staver.
A status report? Seriously?
“Ah would nevah ordah mah employees t’ deny marriage licenses fur the godless, damned, heathen sodomites,” Moore didn’t say, “it was just a status report that anyone who did let the godless, damned, heathen sodomites marry would burn in Hell fur all eternity with the sodomites. Bless their hearts.”
And what does the opposing counsel say?
John Carroll, a lawyer for the Judicial Inquiry Commission — the group that brought the charges against Moore — told the court last month that Moore’s purpose was clear and now he is trying to “pretend away” the charges.
Is that legalese for praying away teh gay?
“He was on a mission not to recognize federal law on same-sex couples,” Carroll told the court in a hearing last month.
You may recall that Moore was removed as Alabama’s Chief Justice in 2003 when he erected a 10 Commandments statue in the lobby of the State Judicial Building. If this tribunal finds him guilty, it will make Moore the only Chief Justice anyway removed from his post TWICE.