- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Opponents and supporters of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore rallied at the state judicial building Tuesday in dueling demonstrations over his stance against same-sex marriage.

As more than 100 gay marriage proponents waved rainbow flags and chanted “No more Roy Moore” on the steps of the domed building, a smaller crowd of Moore supporters prayed nearby. One Moore backer blew a ram’s horn and another stood silently with a sign that said ‘Repent Sinner.”

Several state troopers watched from a distance, and court workers peered down from office windows overlooking the protests. It wasn’t clear whether Moore was in the building. He was set to appear later at a legislative budget hearing.

The demonstrations followed Moore’s order last week saying state probate judges remain under a court order to refuse marriage licenses to gay couples even though a U.S. Supreme Court decision effectively legalized same-sex marriage more than six months ago.

Moore, a conservative Christian once removed from office for disobeying a federal court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the judicial building, issued an administrative order saying the Alabama Supreme Court never lifted a March directive to probate judges to refuse licenses to gay couples.



Demonstrators opposed to Moore’s order held up signs saying “Impeach Roy Moore” as some filled out forms asking the state judiciary to investigate and remove Moore from office.

“It’s disappointing that he has been struck down, humiliated and defeated so many times yet he continues to push his own personal agenda,” said Ian MacPharlaine, 24, of Montgomery.

Nearby, Moore supporter Robert Cundiff debated constitutional law with a Moore opponent.

“I stand for Christ, not with these petitioners of Satan and what they stand for,” said Cundiff.

Hundreds of gay and lesbian couples wed in Alabama last year after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriage in an Ohio case. Moore supporters contend the decision doesn’t affect Alabama.

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