Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Plan...

I have determined that it is necessary to file a complaint against Roy Moore for his inability to remain impartial, and his continued violations of the Cannons of Judicial Ethics.  I have 2 children, I know many Gay people, I have many Gay and Secular friends, and the actions of our Chief Justice must be called to account.  I cannot allow my State to continue to cling to the mentalities that forced segregation and limited inter-racial marriage through the new arguments by Moore.

So, this Tuesday, February 17th, I shall go to Montgomery and file an ethics complaint against Mr Moore with the Judicial Inquiry Commission. I will attach my statement for those who wish to read it, a copy of the actual complaint, all the exhibits I am including in the complaint and a link to the petition I will be using as evidence with the complaint.

I believe in equality for all, not Moore's definition that "Every man can marry every woman, that is equal".  Nor do I agree with his positions that he is on the side that fought Plessy V Ferguson, and Dred Scott. He is clinging to outdated definitions and biblical justifications for a matter of modern law.  I can not sit by and do nothing as he pushes an agenda that causes irreparable harm to families and people who should have access to the same protections and privileges as all other citizens.

Mr Moore has described Homosexuality as "a crime against nature, an inherent evil, and an act so heinous that it defies one's ability to describe it." He has issued a decree for those under his authority to break the law and defy a Federal Court order. He has over stepped the bounds of his office in stating that the Federal Government has no authority over State laws... a position that has been proven wrong in 1865, 1965, and 2015 among others. The State's rights issue has been settled.  He has violated his oath by forswearing the US Constitution and declaring his authority greater than that of a Federal Judge.

I am no one. I am a regular guy who works at a regular job. I have a wife, 2 beautiful children and many friends. I believe that it is our civic duty to hold those we elect accountable to their oaths, their positions, and their duties.  I understand that the popular view in Alabama is one of discrimination.  I also understand that the will of the majority can not and must not be allowed to lessen or withhold the rights of any minority.  It was popular to own slaves, and it was popular to declare State's rights as a legal justification for owning them.  It was popular to have segregation and separate but equal laws, and they fell away as we progressed into a better understanding of the legal definitions of equality.  It was popular to ban inter-racial marriages also as a side effect of poor definitions and policies when determining equal application of laws. We have moved very far in our advances of affording equal protections to all members of our society. We have not finished the journey, though.  LGBT members of our society face very real and very difficult roadblocks in their path to equal protection.  They are demonized by members of various religions and the authorities that share the beliefs of those religions. They face very detrimental obstacles to inheritance, medical care, legal authority, 5th amendment protections, and many other things we all take for granted.

So, I go to Montgomery to try and at least be a voice against backwards thinking. A voice against religious inculcation of our governmental bodies.  A voice for fair application and protections.  I want my gay friends and family to be equal. I want no "buts" in regards to their abilities to interact with anyone.  I want Alabama to step into this new millennium and embrace all of her citizens as people. Not their skin color, not their creed, not their culture, not their sexuality, not their gender. People, all the same, all of value, all together.

Documents: JIC Complaint, Moore's Letter to Bentley, Moore's Order to Probate Judges, The Petition. Impeach Roy Moore