From the editorial board of the Birmingham News:
Roy Moore is delusional about Roy Moore. The only bad thing that has happened since Alabama acquiesced to the ruling of America’s Supreme Court is that Moore hasn’t got enough attention, so once again he has “ordered” probate judges to not issue marriage licenses to gay couples.
Over the past several months, meantime, hundreds of Alabamians have quietly married and continued happy lives together, assured that they will be legally recognized as spouses, not having to worry whether one could care for the other in sickness or that they could share a full, equal life in health.
Moore’s latest salvo will pass quickly, as will his attempts to garner attention. Already many counties are ignoring him, as he deserves, and U.S. attorneys are rightly putting his “order” in context as irrelevant but for its mischief value.
It is time Roy Moore realized that he is wrong. He is wrong on this issue, he is wrong in thinking he might ever be governor of Alabama, he is wrong in seeing himself as of presidential timber, he is wrong in thinking that he matters.
Already, there are citizen calls for his impeachment. He will soon go into retirement and be remembered as a bigot, disrespectful of the law and of his fellow human beings. That might be the only memory he has earned in his time in public office. And, hopefully, Alabama’s citizens will be remembered as the ones who showed him the door.