Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who has vehemently opposed same-sex marriage in his state, broke down over the weekend after the Supreme Court ruled that gay couples have the right to marry.
“Just who do they think they are when one person can reverse 200-and-something years of precedent in our country and thousands of years of precedent in western civilization,” Moore said on Sunday while speaking at the Kimberly Church of God’s “God and Country Day,” according to the Associated Press.
The justice warned that ruling could infringe upon the religious freedoms of Christians in the U.S.
“Welcome to the new world. It’s just changed for you Christians. You are going to be persecuted according to the U.S Supreme Court dissents,” he said.
“Is there such a thing as morality anymore?” Moore continued. “Sodomy for centuries was declared to be against the laws of nature and nature’s God. And now if you say that in public, and I guess I am, am I violating somebody’s civil rights? Have we elevated morality to immorality? Do we call good, bad? What are we Christians to do?”
Moore sparked chaos in the state in February when he ordered county probate judges not to issue marriage licenses to gay couples after a a federal appeals court ruled that same-sex marriage is constitutional. He also said in February that the Supreme Court could not redefine marriage, “which came from God under our organic law.”