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Ala. chief justice jumps into gay marriage fight

Updated Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 | 9:55 a.m.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Known for fighting to display the Ten Commandments in his state's judicial building, Alabama's chief justice is jumping into the national gay marriage debate.

Roy Moore has sent letters to all 50 governors urging them to get their legislatures to call for a convention to add an amendment to the U.S. Constitution recognizing only unions between one man and one woman.

Moore says the country's moral foundation is under attack, and a state-initiated convention under Article V of the Constitution is the only way to stop it. An Article V convention has never been held.

An openly gay Alabama legislator who recently married her partner says she expects most governors to toss Moore's letter. Democratic Rep. Patricia Todd says public opinion about same-sex marriage has changed and Moore must accept it.