The defiant stance that the Chief Justice Moore has taken to stop gay marriages from occurring is not just hopeless but also has no basis or legal standing. A State Judge is unable to ignore or defy an order from a Federal Judge. Justice Moore, while popular, cannot triumph over the Supremacy clause because the laws of Alabama are not greater and cannot be in opposition to Federal Law.
While Moore's actions are unconstitutional and prejudicial, it is not the first time he has been at odds with the role of the federal government in state governance. In 2003 Chief Justice Moore erected and refused to take down a statue of the Ten Commandments from the Alabama Justice System Building even after a Federal Courts order. The Chief Justice has made it clear that his belief that the United States is a Christian nation and that the federal judiciary is overreaching its power. His beliefs on probate judges being exempt from Federal authority, while sincere, is unsupported by actual precedent and law. Justice Moore draws his argument from a belief that the Federal Government and by extension federal judges have no authority in regulating the states on an issue like marriage. Drawing from the tenth amendment, he and many other critics of federal intervention in debates over marriage, view the jurisdiction has been reserved to the states. Moore, as previously expanded upon does not have recent precedent on his side; with previous marriage restrictions being lifted, and the decision of the Supreme Court likely to come this summer. The Federal Judiciary has become a far less passive branch; issues that were only a few years ago decided in the states or Congress are being debated and fought in the court. In an increasingly partisan Congress the road for social reform has come through the Courts. Despite the obvious importance of the fight for equality that is occurring in Alabama one of the more contentious issues are the fundamental roles of the Federal Government. Justice Moore and other more conservative judges or constitutional scholars will be at the forefront of this debate that has been ongoing since the Constitutional convention.
Figures like the Justice Moore will not simply be carried away as progress is made towards equality. Justice Moore has a sincere belief shared by many Americans that The United States was founded upon Christian principles and values. Despite attitude changes across the country, History shows that although the progress on the issue is made the constitutional arguments and judicial radicals that rise up to take on the Federal Government aren't going anywhere.
Progress has been made and some same sex marriages are even being held in Alabama. This action by the Chief Justice and the support in Alabama for his action should be a wake up call to keep the momentum and support for the marriage equality movement. Justice Moore believes that "one Nation Under God" should define the values of this country, I, on the other hand, find more merit in the line that follows: "with Liberty and Justice for all".