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October 22, 2012

Moore, Vance vie for local chief justice votes

—  By Jean Cole & Adam Smith

jean@athensnews-courier.com

adam@athensnews-courier.com

Roy Moore, candidate for chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, doesn't understand how any American can vote Democratic in the Nov. 6 election.

Moore, the former chief justice removed from office for refusing to remove a 5-ton statue of the Ten Commandments from the state Capitol, is running against Judge Bob Vance, a Democrat. Both men were in Limestone County Thursday, stumping for votes.

Moore told a crowd of Republicans who gathered Thursday at Mac’s Sports Bar & Steakhouse that the 2012 Democratic platform supports same-sex marriage and other unacceptable beliefs.

“Every Democrat had to sign this pledge to uphold the platform, including overturning DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act that says marriage must include a man and women),” Moore said. He said Democratic candidates also had to pledge to support “taxpayer-funded abortion” and “socialized medicine.”

He said the presidential race in November presents two very different directions for the country.  

“Which way are we going?” Moore asked the crowd. “To Socialism and no limits on powers of government? Are we going to lose America in 2012? If Obama gets elected, it could be the end of our country. I’m not making that up. I’m very concerned. Where would our families be with same-sex marriage? I can’t imagine a child being raised without a mother. Can you imagine a child being raised without a father? That is what we are going to push on our children because we want to love? If you want to love, you’ll do what God says.”

Moore's speech focused on the national election stage but he did answer questions posed by those audience members who were members of the local Republican Party, in keeping with its bylaws.

Regarding the state court system he would oversee if elected chief justice, he told The News Courier the courts could not bear any more budget cuts because staffing in most counties is already 50 percent below what is needed. He said he would work to educate lawmakers about the needs of the court.

He said the courts return to the general fund each year nearly what it costs to operate them. He questioned how many branches of the government do that. He also said most citizens do not understand that the courts are a branch of government, not an agency, and that it plays a vital role in government.

Moore said people should not have to wait long periods for justice in criminal actions and legal remedies in the civil courts.

“It is said that justice delayed is justice denied,” Moore said.

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