People For the American Way Foundation

PFAW Foundation: Alabama Judge Should Follow the Constitution or Resign


Contact: Drew Courtney or Layne Amerikaner at People For the American Way Foundation


Phone Number: 202-467-4999

Earlier today, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore issued an order once again commanding probate judges in the state to ignore the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision requiring states to stop discriminating against same-sex couples seeking to get married.

In response, People For the American Way Foundation President Michael Keegan issued the following statement:

“Today’s order from Judge Moore may be full of intricately tortured reasoning, but the end result is plain: he’s ignoring the United States Supreme Court and ordering other judges to do the same. Despite his claims, there aren’t any complicated legal principles in play: same-sex couples in Alabama have the same constitutionally guaranteed right to marry in Alabama as in the rest of the country.

“There’s no question that Judge Moore is deeply opposed to the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell. And as a private citizen he has that right. But as a public servant his responsibility is to uphold the law whether he likes it or not. No amount of twisted legalese can obscure the fact that Moore should either abide by the Supreme Court’s decision or resign.”