As if Alabama's current gay-marriage chaos wasn't bad enough, now a KKK group from a neighboring state is weighing in.
A Ku Klux Klan group from Mississippi has called on white nationalists to “help in the massive protest's [sic] coming,” according to a note posted online by Brent Waller, imperial wizard of the United Dixie White Knights.
The message was posted on Tuesday as tensions continue to rise in Alabama, where more than half the counties in the state are refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite a federal court ruling allowing them to do so. Even some straight couples are getting denied amid the confusion.
The Klansmen are supporting Alabama's chief justice, Roy S. Moore, who on Sunday ordered local judges to ignore the federal ruling.
“The Mississippi Klan salutes Alabama’s chief justice Roy Moore, for refusing to bow to the yoke of Federal tyranny,” Waller wrote the United Dixie White Knights’ imperial wizard, Brent Waller, on the group’s website.
Waller went on to call upon Klansman and white Southern Nationalists to help in what he warned would be massive protests to come. He encouraged members to join the Christian community's protests and wear plain clothes.
“Members are encouraged to lend a hand, make signs, recruit etc., but leave any insignia, colors, shirts etc at the house,” Waller wrote in the post that also appeared on Stormfront, the largest online white supremacist forum.
“We want to infiltrate these protests and make sure they are kept running in military fashion and not bullied by the outside agitators,” Waller went on to write in the call to action.
It’s unclear whether the protests Waller warned about are actually being planned.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, notes Klan groups in recent months have sought to capitalize on already tense situations.
Last year Klan members called for the “corpses” of immigrants crossing the Arizona-Mexico border, after a spike in the number of unaccompanied minors entering the U.S. made headlines. Klan groups also tried to raise money for the legal defense of the police officer who killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.
The are six active KKK groups in Alabama according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.