- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore says the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage has “destroyed the foundation of our country which is family,” and he predicted a conservative Christian backlash.

Moore, an outspoken same-sex marriage opponent who has fought against it coming to Alabama, said Friday that the justices disregarded legal precedent and were ruling by their feelings.

Moore says he is “saddened for the future of the country” and he predicted “a religious battle that is just beginning.”

Moore stopped short of calling for direct resistance to the decision.

Moore has previously instructed state probate judges to refuse to give marriage licenses to gay couples, and he noted that the order has not been lifted.

Officials in some Alabama counties issued same-sex marriage licenses Friday.

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