Summary: On September 30, 2016, Roy Moore, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice was suspended for defying same sex marriage. He was also removed from office in 2003 after he refused to remove a 10 commandments monument he had installed in a judicial building in Montgomery and was reelected in 2012. In January this year, he issued an order probating the judges in the state from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Moore ¨disgraced his office and undermined the integrity of the judiciary by putting his personal religious beliefs above his sworn duty to uphold the U.S. Constitution¨.
Connection: This is connected to Federalism because Moore was making rules that contradicted the federal government. Federalism is where the laws of the US Government overrule laws of the states. Same-sex marriage is legal according to the US government, so it is not allowed for Moore, an Alabama Chief Justice to prohibit judges from issuing marriage licenses.
Do you think it was right for Moore to suspended?
Are there any other ways to fix this situation?Why do you think Moore put his own religious beliefs above his sworn duty to uphold the US Constitution?