Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore said Sunday that if the U.S. Supreme Court rules that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, he would defy the ruling because it would alter God’s “organic law.”
“This power over marriage, which came from God under our organic law, is not to be redefined by the United States Supreme Court or any federal court,” Moore told “Fox News Sunday.”
“We’ve got this federal intrusion into state sovereignty … occurring right under our nose and nobody is standing up,” he said. “Twenty-one states have bowed down to federal court orders when they didn’t have to,” he added, referring to states that have complied with federal court rulings striking down similar same-sex marriage bans.
“We’ve got to understand that what a judge says is not law,” he said.
Moore said that although the Supreme Court could rule in favor of same-sex marriage, “they may do it wrongfully just like they did in” two 19th century rulings: the 1857 pro-slavery Dred Scott decision and the 1896 ruling backing racial segregation.
“I would not be bound thereby” if the high court declares same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional, he said.