Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore has advised probate court judges in his state to refuse marriage licenses to LGBT couples as the Supreme Court is showing signs they are getting ready to rule on the issue. In an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Justice Moore said he “dissented” with a federal ruling that struck down a ban on same-sex marriage in the state saying that “Our rights do not come from the Constitution, they come from God.”
“Our laws do not come from God, and you know that,” Cuomo fired back. “They come from man… Our rights do not come from God. That’s your faith, that’s my faith. But that’s not our country. Our laws come from the collective agreement and compromise.”
Alabama’s stance on same-sex marriage is being compared to their fight against desegregation in the 1960s. The state was the last holdout in that fight too. So far, out of Alabama’s 67 counties, probate judges in 50 of them refused to issue marriage licenses to LGBT couples.
In an interview with Bloomberg, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said that Americans won’t need a large adjustment to accept gay marriage. Even President Obama’s view on gay marriage ‘evolved’ last Presidential election cycle.
SCOTUS is set to rule on gay marriage in June.