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Birmingham City Council Denounces Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore

Birmingham News, March 22, 2002
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By Benjamin Niolet

The Birmingham City Council on Thursday denounced Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore and the controversial comments about homosexuals he made in a court ruling.

In a concurring opinion in a child-custody case, Moore wrote that "homosexual conduct is, and has been, considered abhorrent, immoral, detestable, a crime against nature and a violation of the laws of nature and of nature’s God upon which this nation and our laws are predicated."

The resolution, offered by Councilwoman Valerie Abbott states that Moore’s declaration that a group of human beings are "inherently evil" violates the spirit of the Birmingham Pledge. It expresses "strong disapproval" of Moore’s writings and urges legislators to change state laws that "perpetuate such intolerance."

The council supported the resolution 7-1 at a committee meeting Thursday. Joel Montgomery voted against it and Carol Reynolds was not present for the vote. Montgomery said the resolution was a political document, not a legislative one and he therefore could not support it.

"If this body is not the one to do this, who is?" Abbott said.

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