CNN Host Shreds Anti-Gay Supreme Court Justice: ‘Our Laws Don’t Come From God and You Know That’
CNN host Chris Cuomo interviewed Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore over his recent attempt to overrule federal courts and block same-sex marriage in the state and slammed Moore’s logic.
This past weekend, Moore told Alabama probate judges to refuse marriage licenses to any LGBT couples after a federal court decision found their gay marriage ban unconstitutional.
Though same-sex marriage licenses began to be issued in Alabama on Monday, more than 50 judges refused to issue them on Moore’s advice.
On the show, Moore argued that he “dissented” from the federal court ruling because it’s “exactly like” the Supreme Court rulings that upheld segregation and slavery.
“I would suggest that your refusal goes to what you believe marriage is about, and not just to the law,” Cuomo shot back. “This is just like the Ten Commandments situation. You were told by the federal courts, remove the Ten Commandments from the public square. You didn’t want to, and you wound up losing your job because of it.”
Moore insisted that, “It’s not about my feelings. It’s about the law. And my law, Alabama law, states that I’m chief administrative officer of the judicial system and I must act when the jurisdiction of the probate courts is interfered with by one lone judge who has no power or authority to tell them how to interpret the federal Constitution.”
“It’s about discrimination,” Cuomo retorted.
“It’s about sexual preference overcoming an institution which has existed in our state, in our United States for centuries,” Moore argued.
“Is equal protection a matter for the Supreme Court?” Cuomo asked. “The answer is, of course, yes.”
Moore insisted that Alabama’s gay marriage ban was consistent with equal protection for LGBT people because they could still marry members of the opposite sex like everyone else.
“Our rights do not come from the Constitution, they come from God,” Moore claimed.
“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. You’re citing that marriage is about a divine institution. You’re putting God before the laws of man. You’re making it about that. And it’s about your ideas of your faith about what marriage is.”
“When you take the rules of your religion and you put them on everybody else, that is not what we do in this country,” Cuomo continued. “Your definition of marriage is based on your faith, you’ve said it a hundred times, that it is derived from God. That is not how it works here, and you know that. Equal protection applies to all by compromise. And you would even need to have a rational basis for why it would need to be only between a man and a woman, and all you can say is, ‘Because God said so. It’s always been that way.’ That’s not enough.”