Roy Moore claims that the US Supreme Court on same-sex marriage does not affect law in his state.

Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore resumed his fight against same-sex marriage this week, after he ordered probate judges in the state to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

Rejecting the decision made last June by the Supreme Court that made same-sex marriage legal in all US states, Moore claimed that the ruling only applied to bans in Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee and that the ban in Alabama remains “in full force and effect.”

He stated that his ban on same-sex marriage licences – originally issued last March – still stands, adding that judges have a “duty not to issue any marriage license contrary to the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment or the Alabama Marriage Protection Act.”

Moore has become a hero of opponents of same-sex marriage despite his often-ridiculed claims about homosexuals

He claimed previously: “They’re toying with something that’s like dynamite, that will destroy our country. I think eventually, over a period of time, it will.”

He also bizarrely suggested that if two bisexuals or trans people wanted a marriage, it would have to involve four people.

He said: “You’re taking any definition of a family away.

“When two bisexuals or two transgendered marry, how large is that family?

“Can they marry two persons, one of the same sex and one of the opposite sex? Then, you’ve got a family of four or how many?”