“CLEAN TV” IS HERE!
by Sharon Rondea
The “Bears & Lord Network” is the brand under which BNJ broadcasts, along with the “City on a Hill” TV Channel.
On Wednesday, BNJ presented a press conference of Liberty Counsel‘s founder and chairman, Mat Staver, speaking about his organization’s defense of Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore over an ethics complaint filed with the state’s judicial oversight body.
Last year, in advance of a U.S. Supreme Court opinion issued in June, Moore said that the definition of marriage should be decided by states, not federal courts, after a conflict arose between a U.S. District Court judge and Alabama probate courts over whether or not same-sex marriage licenses should be issued in the state.
Over 2015 and 2016, federal judges have repeatedly ruled that Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
In early January, Moore had directed Alabama probate courts to uphold the state’s Sanctity of Marriage amendment, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s June ruling which said that same-sex marriages should be recognized and performed by all states under the 14th Amendment. The case of Obergefell v. Hodges emanated from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which had upheld the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans in Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan and Kentucky.
Following Moore’s instruction, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and other groups filed an ethics complaint against Moore with the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) which Staver characterized as “a lawsuit” naming Moore as “a defendant.” Moore and Staver believe the complaint is “politically-motivated,” with Staver stating that it was “filed based upon someone’s disagreement with the law” and against Moore personally.
In a press release dated April 27, 2016, Liberty Counsel said it is urging the JIC “to dismiss unfounded and politically motivated complaints filed against” Moore.
In his remarks on Wednesday, Staver said that the U.S. Supreme Court opinion in Obergefell last June did not invalidate Alabama’s Sanctity of Marriage Act since Alabama is not one of the four states within the Sixth Circuit’s jurisdiction.
Moore was ousted from his previous position as Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice in 2003 after he refused a federal court order to remove a monument of The Ten Commandments from the Alabama Supreme Court building. In 2012, he was elected to again serve in that capacity.
White interviewed Moore prior to the launch of her TV channel, after which she told The Post & Email, “He can quote the Constitution without looking at it; he knows it. I felt so honored spending time with him.”
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