The Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP) recently gave Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore its “Letter from the Birmingham Jail Courage Award.” Judge Moore received the award because of his defiance of federal courts regarding gay marriage.
Judge Moore was given the award on the steps of the Alabama Supreme Court on April 17, noted LeftInAlabama.com.
After Judge Moore was given the award, he and CAAP President Rev. William Owens were asked by an unidentified reporter how legalizing gay marriage takes away the rights from heterosexual people like themselves, noted RightWingWatch.org (video below).
Judge Moore claimed:
It takes away the very definition ordained of God. A different definition destroys the definition of marriage. It’s not about the right to marry. There is a right to marry in our constitution and the constitutions of the majority of the states, but it’s between a man and a woman.
When pressed, Judge Moore said that a man and a woman could marry and create a child, but two man cannot marry and give birth. The reporter asked again how gay marriage took away the rights of heterosexual marriage.
Rev. Owens added:
First of all, it’s not natural law and it’s immoral. It’s not natural for a man to be married to a man. That is not natural. And that’s what this award is about. Dr. King emphasized it must line up with natural law. And if you believe that so much, that a man should marry a man or a woman should marry a woman, go try it with electricity.
The reporter asked a third time how gay marriage took away the rights of heterosexual marriage, but an unidentified official stepped in to say they were running out of time.
According to The Atlantic, Dr. King's "Letter From A Birmingham jail" states in part:
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial "outside agitator" idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider…