Alabama’s Chief Justice Roy Moore Sends Letter to All 50 Governors Calling for Constitutional Amendment to Protect Traditional Marriage

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore (AP)
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore (AP)

In 2003, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was removed from office after refusing to remove the 10 Commandments from the front of the state’s highest court. Now, after winning back his old job, he is back in the spotlight after sending a letter to all 50 governors urging them to enshrine marriage in the U.S. Constitution.

“The time to act is upon us if we mean to preserve the basic foundations of marriage and family upon which our Country rests,” writes Moore.

He has also called for an Article V Convention, a mechanism in the US Constitution that allows the states to pass constitutional amendments. Thirty-four states would have to agree to the convention and then three-quarters of states, 38 states, would have to ratify amendments proposed by those at the convention. An Article V Convention has not been held since America’s founding.

Currently, 17 states – 34 percent of the 50 states – and the District of Columbia allow same-sex “marriages.”

The letter, which was sent on Wednesday to each governor, drew immediate criticism.

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