While some same-sex marriage critics have threatened to respond to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality last month with civil disobedience, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) recently said it could lead to war.
Moore, who previously said same-sex marriage will “literally cause the destruction of our country,” made the new comments in a Monday interview with anti-abortion activist Randall Terry, according to Towleroad.com.
“I hope we don’t have a war,” Moore said in the interview. “I hope we don’t have conflicts, but we definitely need to recognize that same-sex marriage is something that has not existed on a government level.”
In the interview, which Terry posted on YouTube on Tuesday, Moore said he predicts “a great backlash” to the ruling.
“I think people have not seen what the consequences of this court’s ruling are yet,” he said.
Moore, who also compared the U.S. Supreme Court to King George III during the interview, claimed governors have the ability to disregard the court’s decision in their states.
“If the decision contradicts the Constitution, then it is not law,” Moore said. “And if it is not a law, then you don’t have to obey it.”
After a federal district court legalized same-sex marriage in Alabama in January, Moore ordered county probate judges to ignore the ruling. In March, Moore recused himself from an Alabama Supreme Court order to halt all same-sex marriages in the state.
In June, after the U.S. Supreme Court's Obergefell v. Hodges ruling legalized same-sex marriages across the country, Moore also recused himself from another state court order that he said delays the decision’s implementation in Alabama.