Alabama Activists Rally Against Homophobia on the Bench,Tolerance.org
Gay rights advocates in Alabama are speaking up after State Supreme
Court Chief Justice Roy Moore remarked that homosexuality was 'an
inherent evil against which children must be protected.' In his
concurring opinion in a child custody case involving a lesbian
mother and heterosexual father, he said that according to the
Bible, the mother's sexual orientation made her an unfit parent.
According to Tolerance.org, Moore also has suggested
the government use physical force to suppress gays and lesbians.
While supporters of Moore say his words were misconstrued, gay
groups and religious groups are outraged. Faith leaders say he has
perverted religious scripture, and suggest that he step down as
Chief Justice. 'Justice Moore's personal religious opinions should
have no bearing on this case,' says Chris Purdom, an elder in the
Presbyterian Church. 'As a person of faith, he certainly doesn't
represent my beliefs.'