Ten Commandments Judge Aims for Governorship and Porn’s Demise

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Ex-Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who made headlines for refusing to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from his courthouse, is setting his sights on becoming the state’s next governor.

Central to his campaign, which was officially announced Monday, is a promise to protect Alabama from gambling, same-sex marriage and pornography.

The theme of his campaign is “Return Alabama to the people.”

“What the Hell does that mean?” a befuddled adult video store owner in Huntsville, Ala. who wished to remain anonymous asked XBiz. “How do my videos take Alabama away from anyone?”

The owner pointed to a 1998 Alabama law that already bans the sale of sex toys in the state.

“Jesus, what’s next?” he asked.

Six other states in the country, Georgia, Mississippi, Indiana, Texas, Louisiana and Virginia, also outlaw the sale of sex toys.

Moore hasn’t been more specific on the issues yet, and representatives at his campaign voiced a staunch desire not to speak to XBiz, but it’s likely the Ten Commandments would be central to his running. It also will pit Moore against incumbent governor and fellow Republican Bob Riley, also an outspoken critic or pornography. Lieutenant Governor Lucy Baxley and former Governor Don Siegelman, both Democrats, also are in the race.

Moore became a hero to the Christian right for his refusal to remove the Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama state courthouse, taking his case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2003. He was eventually removed from his judge’s position for his refusal.

Since the case he has been spending much of his time talking to church and conservative groups, and seeding the country with the possibility that he may even run for president.