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Ala. Chief Justice Roy Moore writes U.S. governors to support national gay marriage ban

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore. Source: WBRC file video Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore. Source: WBRC file video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Alabama's Chief Justice is jumping into the national debate over gay marriage.

Roy Moore has sent letters to all 50 governors urging them to have their legislatures call for a convention to add an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that only recognizes unions between one man and one woman.

Click here to read the letter sent to Governor Robert Bentley (PDF).

Birmingham Rep. Patricia Todd, who recently married her partner, says she expects most governors to toss Moore's letter.

She says public opinion about same-sex marriage has changed and Moore must accept it.

Michael Hansen with Equality Alabama said he doesn't see that happening.

"This letter won't really have any effect that ultimately it's the last gasp effort to rally his base," said Hansen.

Hansen heard about the letter Thursday morning.

"There's nothing conservative about discrimination and marriage equality actually aligns up with conservative principals and that the foundation of our nation is strengthening when we allow more people the freedom to marry and protect their families and their kids," Hansen said.

Hansen said the odds are already against Moore for such an amendment to pass.

"I don't think he has any hope. The math is not on their side with 17 states directly supporting same sex marriage and others on the cusp of doing the same," said Hansen.

Moore of course feels differently.

"We're not fighting a losing battle. We're retaining the morality of our country and of course this is a new change that they're trying to push on our country so this is a way that people can respond to it," Moore said.

Moore wants the amendment passed through a state-initiated convention under article five of the constitution.

That is something that's never happened before.

Susan Watson, executive director of the ACLU of Alabama, released this response to Moore's letters:

"Chief Justice Roy Moore said that government has become opressive and this is yet another perfect example of his contributions on the matter. His definition of marriage as one man-one woman is a religious one. We support everyone's rights to have their own religious beliefs, but he is chronically imposing his beliefs on others.

This isn't the first time Justice Moore has been in this spotlight. You'd think he'd learn by now.

Times are changing and he needs to get with it. People here think that marriage equality in Alabama will never happen. But I think it will."

Governor Robert Bentley's office has not released a statement on the letter.

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