Imperial Wizard Brent Waller of the United Dixie White Knights, a Mississippi branch of the Ku Klux Klan located near the border of Alabama, shared the group's support for Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore in a statement published on the UDWK's website and the white supremacist forum Stormfront on Tuesday.
"The Mississippi Klan salutes Alabama's chief justice Roy Moore, for refusing to bow to the yoke of Federal tyranny," Waller wrote. "The Feds have no authority over individual States marriage laws. The fudgepackers from Hollywood and all major news networks are in shock that the good people from the heart of Dixie are resisting their Imperialist, Communist Homosexual agenda!"
Waller urged Klansmen and other white nationalists to support "the Christian community's protests that are surly [sic] coming against tyranical [sic] Federal judges," but asked them to leave out "any insignia, colors, shirts" that represent the KKK. In an email to HuffPost, Waller said Alabama members of the KKK brought the gay marriage story to the UDWK's attention.
Earlier this week, Moore made a last-minute attempt to block same-sex marriages from taking place in Alabama, ordering state probate judges to refuse to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. The Supreme Court allowed same-sex marriages to begin in the state on Monday, though some counties still refused to issue gay marriage licenses.
This post has been updated to clarify that while the United Dixie White Knights are located in Mississippi, they are in close proximity to Alabama and operate closely with members of the KKK in that state.