Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore Suspended Over Gay Marriage Opposition

maxresdefault-3Alabama Chief Justice, Roy Moore, who has been long known for his opinion that his version of Khristianity trumps the Constitution has been charged with six counts of ethics violations because of his actions against marriage equality.

  1. Violation of the Alabama Canon of Judicial Ethics, for disregarding a federal injunction.
  2. Violation of the Alabama Canon of Judicial Ethics, for demonstrated unwillingness to follow clear law.
  3. Violation of the Alabama Canon of Judicial Ethics, for abuse of administrative authority.
  4. Violation of the Alabama Canon of Judicial Ethics, for substituting his judgement for the judgement of the judgement of the entire Alabama Supreme Court, including failure to abstain from public comment about a pending proceeding in his own court.
  5. Violation of the Alabama Canon of Judicial Ethics, for interference with legal process and remedies in the United States District Court and/or Alabama Supreme Court related to proceedings in which Alabama probate judges were involved.
  6. Violation of the Alabama Canon of Judicial Ethics, for failure to recuse himself from pending proceedings in the Alabama Supreme Court after making public comment and placing his impartiality into question.

The charges resulted from a complaint filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center, (SPLC).

In January, after SCOTUS decision on marriage equality in Obergefell v. Hodges, Moore issued an order to lower court judges, blocking the granting of marriage licenses to same-sex couples, stating,

Until further decision by the Alabama Supreme Court, the existing orders of the Alabama Supreme Court that Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary to the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment or the Alabama Marriage Protection Act remain in full force and effect.

Last evening (05/06/16), after the charges were released, SPLC President Richard Cohen stated,

He is such an egomaniac and such a religious zealot that he thinks he can ignore court orders with impunity. For the sake of our state, he should be kicked out of office.

Moore responded to the charges by claiming,

The Judicial Inquiry Commission has no authority over the administrative orders of the chief justice of Alabama or the legal injunctions of the Alabama Supreme Court prohibiting probate judges from issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

As Moore’s own history shows, they most certainly do!

This is not the first time, Moore has been suspended from his duties. In a previous stint as Alabama Chief Justice, Moore commissioned a monument with two large carved tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments for the Alabama Supreme Court Building. At the dedication, he declared,

Today a cry has gone out across our land for the acknowledgment of that God upon whom this nation and our laws were founded….May this day mark the restoration of the moral foundation of law to our people and the return to the knowledge of God in our land.

Two months later, the ACLU of Alabama, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a suit to have the monument be removed because it “sends a message to all who enter the State Judicial Building that the government encourages and endorses the practice of religion in general and Judeo-Christianity in particular.

Moore lost the suit and the appeal that followed. The judge had ruled that the monument was unconstitutional because it violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Moore was given until August 20, 2003 to remove it.

On the 14th of August, Moore stated that he was going to disobey the removal order. As of the 20th, as per the removal order, the state of Alabama was fined $5,000 a day. On the 21st, the other eight judges on the Alabama Supreme Court overruled Moore and ordered the monument removed.

On the 22nd, the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) filed a complaint with the Alabama Court of the Judiciary (COJ). The complaint resulted in the suspension of Moore from the Chief Justice position until a hearing could be held.

The hearing was held on November 12th, 2003. During the hearing, Moore reiterated his statement that he would defy any ruling requiring the monument’s removal.

The next day, the COJ ruled that “Chief Justice Moore has violated the Alabama Canons of Judicial Ethics as alleged by the JIC in its complaint.” Due to his continued intransigence, the COJ decided that “under these circumstances, there is no penalty short of removal from office that would resolve this issue.” Moore was immediately removed from office.

All requirements to obtain a marriage license by the State of Alabama are hereby abolished and repealed. The requirement of a ceremony of marriage to solemnize the marriage is abolished.

Alabama_State_Capitol_BuildingAlabama idiocy is back in the news again. Fresh from telling its cities that they can’t raise the minimum wage for their impoverished workers and advancing a bill that denies benefits for people rich enough to own an old car, they done thunk up (stunk up) a new POS.

As with many Bible/Bubba/Bozo states, ‘Bama has a BIG problem with marriage equality. Remember, this is the state in which the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Roy Moore, defied SCOTUS by instructing state probate judges not to issue same-sex marriage licenses. A federal judge slapped that bit of garbage down real quick, ordering the state’s probate judges to issue same-sex marriage licenses in accordance with the Supreme Court’s ruling.

Since the state couldn’t avoid gay marriages by judicial fiat, they decided to try the legislative route.

Last summer, during a special session, a bill (SB 21) was introduced in the senate that would take Alabama out of the marriage business. It passed the senate and was sent to the house.

According to the bill’s house sponsor, Jim Hill,

This would not require them [state probate judges] to issue the marriage license but would allow the individuals to sign the contract and record it in the probate court just as you record a deed with the probate court.

Since the bill was outside the governor’s call for a special session, it required passage by a 2/3 majority. The house vote was 53-36, but it needed 70 votes to be passed on to the governor’s desk.

But, that was in special session. The legislature is now in regular session and only a majority is needed to pass it. So, here they go again with (SB 143). Under the bill, marriages are no longer marriages in ‘Bama. They are now independently drawn up “contractual partnerships.”

All requirements to obtain a marriage license by the State of Alabama are hereby abolished and repealed. The requirement of a ceremony of marriage to solemnize the marriage is abolished.

According to the bill’s sponsor, Greg Albritton, it’s just going back to those good ol’ days.

Early twentieth century, if you go back and look and try to find marriage licenses for your grandparents or great grandparents, you won’t find it. What you will find instead is where people have come in and recorded when a marriage has occurred….When you invite the state into those matters of personal or religious import, it creates difficulties.

Not quite sure how this protects the sanctity of marriage, that Regressives claim to revere. However, by taking this approach, it effectively prevents the state from having to issue marriage licenses to them damn LGBT types. Of course, they’re not spinning it that way.

There are some restrictions.

  • Parental permission is required for those between 16 to 18.
  • You can only enter one partnership at a time.
  • You can’t “partner” with kin, blood or adopted. (That’s gonna PO some cuzins.)

The state’s roll would simply consist of recording the partnership. Which begs a question. What happens if a probate judge decides it violates his religious freedom if he has to record a gay couple’s partnership?

How it affects couples that want to apply for the benefits, rights and privileges that come with a marriage certificate is also currently a question without answer. As are, how do couples handle name changes, joint checking accounts or military benefits? And, what happens if a couple subsequently moves out of the state? Do they have to marry in their new location?

On Wednesday, the senate passed the latest version by a vote of 23 to 3. Now, it’s on to the house.

Stay tuned!

Texas Politician: Obama Was a Male Prostitute

mary-louWHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO TEXAS?

The state used to produce some outstanding individuals, such as Ann Richards, LBJ and Barbara Jordan. Lately, we’ve been given the likes of Rick Perry, Louie Gohmert and Ken Paxon.

I think it’s entirely possible that fracking fluid as seeped into the aquifer.

Screen-Shot-2016-02-15-at-10.03.27-AMAnother prime example of the current crop of Texas filberts is one Mary Lou Bruner. That’s her on the right with Cruzy’s addlepated pater, Rafeal.

Ms Bruner is running for a position on the Texas School Board. (I’ll have a few cogent comments on the Board and Texas education in general a few paragraphs down the line, but one wacko item at a time.)

Ms Bruner has a 36 year history in the Texas educational(?) system as a teacher, counselor and educational diagnostician. She’s one of three persons running for the District 9 position on the 15 member board and is given a good chance to be elected.

For a supposedly educated educator, Ms Bruner has expressed some amazingly dumb things on her FB page, including anti-science and anti-Islamic rants. However, the one that grabbed my attention was this:Bruner-Conspiracy-Oct-26-2015_png_800x1000_q100Of course, she provides absolutely no evidence for her claims. But what does evidence have to do with truth? (At least according to Regressives.)

It seems, that like most Texas troglodytes, (as well as those from other states) she seems to have a bit of trouble with not only the LGBT community, but the Constitution as well. Back in August, she had this to say about the situation:Screen-Shot-2016-02-15-at-9.57.16-AMAre there a few problems with this rant? Oh lawdy, let me count the ways!

  1. Ms Bruner is clearly unclear on the ramifications of the 1st Amendment. Primarily, other than giving any idiot the right to spout any insanity, (Can you say “Bullshit Mtn?”) it requires the separation of church and state. SCOTUS cannot rule that preachers have to perform gay marriages. And the court has not done so. Preachers have the right to refuse, built into the 1st Amendment. However, marriage licenses are not issued by any church. They are issued by states. This is not a matter of “religious freedom,” this is a matter of civil freedom.
  2. So called “Constitutional lovers” have a very bad habit of forgetting about the parts they don’t like, such as Article VI, which clearly states that Federal laws trump (no relation) state rulings: “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.” And then there’s the fact that we tried “States Rights Ascendant” under The Articles of Confederation. That didn’t work out so well. Finally, we fought a war to settle that question: “The War of Northern Aggression.” (Most normal people call it the “Civil War.”)
  3. Gay marriage is also a tradition that goes back thousands of years. Many cultures, including the Greeks and Romans, practiced it. As for “bedrock of our society?” That is very open to debate.
  4. As for “over-ruling the voice of the people?” 55% of the people are in favor of gay marriage and the trend line is up. That’s opposed to 39% against it, with the trend line going in the opposite direction.

If elected, Ms will join a state school board already mired in controversy over reinventing history to reflect their fantasies and trying like hell to inject “Khristian” (As apposed to “Christian”) religion into education. For instance, they consider Moses a “founding father” and the Constitution, divinely inspired. Sorry, trogs, it ain’t! And, since evolution is a tool of the devil, they want Creationism installed as a viable alternative.

No wonder Texas ranks 39th out of 50 states in education.

Stay tuned!

The Mormon Church’s Latest Homophobic Bigotry Exposed

Mormon templeDisclaimer: This post is about the LDS (Mormon) church. Therefore, it behooves me to tell you that I used to be one of them critters. Yes folks, I was a “saint”! A latter day saint, to be specific. That’s what the LDS stands for. The church’s full name is “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. However, I grew up and now I’m an ex-Saint. A practicing Mormon might call me a “Jack Mormon”, but I prefer to think of myself as a “fallen angel”.

And, with that out of the way.

As I was doing my morning “story mining” looking for something to write about for American News X, as well as any posts that might interest the readers of my “Grouchy’s Grumbles” FaceBook page, I ran across the church’s latest bit of bigotry.

As some of you may know, the church has a history of on-and-off racial bigotry. Under Joe Smith, African-Americans were members of the priesthood and even held positions of authority. When Brigham (the bigot) Young took over, they went the other direction. It wasn’t until 1978 that individuals with very deep tans were considered cool again. (According to the church, Big Daddy seems to change his mind a lot on this and other subjects.) Now in fairness, I have to admit, the church has always been more or less pro Indian. (After all, they are the descendants of Israelites.)

Lately, Mormons have refocused their intolerance on the LGBT community. For instance, they spent $22,880,000 dollars in support of California’s Anti-gay Proposition 8 and another $6,900,000 supporting Arizona’s similar Proposition 102. Now, in their infinitesimal wisdom, they have decided that children of gay parents will not be allowed to join the church unless they renounce their parents.

A natural or adopted child of a parent living in a same-gender relationship, whether the couple is married or cohabiting, may not receive a name and a blessing. Nor can the child be baptized and confirmed, ordained, or recommended for missionary service.

Then they list the exception requirements.

  • The child accepts and is committed to live the teachings and doctrine of the Church, and specifically disavows the practice of same-gender cohabitation and marriage. 
  • The child is of legal age and does not live with a parent who has lived or currently lives in a same-gender cohabitation relationship or marriage.

If that sounds like something a cult would demand, it is!

Now, Mormons profess to be “Christians” (with a few modifications) and follow biblical teachings. I guess they somehow missed several bible verses that have some bearing on the matter, such as Ezekiel 18:20

The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

Oh, and on the same day they released this hot steaming mound of claptrap: If you’re married to someone with the same sexual plumbing, you are guilty of apostasy.

Of course they’re ignoring the fact that gayness is not a “chosen lifestyle.” It has genetic roots. In other words, if you’re of a religious bent, that’s the way Big Daddy created them. And, quite frankly, B.D. must love gays since he created so many of them.

If you’d care to know a bit more about the Mormonites and their history of silly beliefs, I highly recommend perusing a series I’m working on entitled “Mormonism – the Big Con(?)” It is fully factual, although a bit tongue-in-cheek. (Well, maybe a bit more that “a bit”.) And, I guarantee you that although most of my info comes from church records, it is definitely not “church approved.”