In 1857 the Supreme Court ruled black people could not be American citizens. It led to the Civil War. Today that case is widely regarded as the worst Supreme Court decision – ever.
But one GOP candidate thinks there’s one even worse than that – the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision in 2015.
“Yes, sir. I was simply pointing out that in 1857 the United States Supreme Court did rule that black people were property. And of course that contradicted the Constitution and it took a civil war to overturn it,” said Republican Alabama Senate nominee Roy Moore to the “Here I Stand” podcast last November. “But this ruling in Obergefell is even worse, in a sense, because it forces not only people to recognize marriage other than the institution ordained of God and recognized by nearly every state in the union, it says that you now must do away with the definition of marriage and make it between two persons of the same gender or leading on, as one of the dissenting justices said, to polygamy, to multi ... partner marriages.”
And Moore is no stranger to Supreme Court. He served on Alabama’s Supreme Court twice and was twice removed from the court after refusing to follow the rule of law. The second time was for instructing judges in his state to disobey the U.S. Supreme Court’s Obergefell ruling, which legalized same-sex marriage.
Moore continued: “We’ve got to go back and recognize that what they did in Obergefell was not only to take and create a right that does not exist under the Constitution but then to mandate that that right compels Christians to give up their religious freedom and liberty.”