Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has released a letter to Gov. Robert Bentley saying that he intends to continue to recognize the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and urging the governor to do so. [...] Moore said the ruling by U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. "Ginny" Granade "raised serious, legitimate concerns about the propriety of federal court jurisdiction" over the Alabama amendment.
"As usual, Roy Moore doesn't know what he's talking about," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. "His interpretation of the U.S. Constitution is based on wishful thinking; it has no basis in reality." In his letter to Bentley, Moore insisted that the state of Alabama is free to ignore rulings by federal courts. This assertion, Americans United said in a letter to Bentley sent today, is not just obviously incorrect but also offensive. "Justice Moore's Tenth-Amendment-nullification arguments are relics straight from the Civil War, embraced only by inhabitants of the deranged right-wing fever-swamps in which the Justice has mired himself," AU's letter states. "Even a first-year law student knows that the requirements of the U.S. Constitution trump state law, and you would do well to disregard the Chief Justice's ramblings."