Washington, D.C. U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), a Co-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, today criticized Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore for asking local authorities to ignore a federal court’s order to issue same-sex marriage licenses:

“Chief Justice Roy Moore’s actions threaten the legal foundation our country is built on – equal justice under the law.  Courts in states across the country have ruled discrimination in any form has no place in our democratic society.  The U.S. Constitution protects all civil and human rights and it is up to the courts to apply those protections equally for every citizen.

“It’s disappointing to see Judge Moore’s judicial activism block marriage equality for the people of Alabama and his blatant disregard for our legal system.  The country has recently made great strides to ensure equality for all and our progress will not stop in Alabama.”

Read about the decision here.