Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore vowed to uphold the Constitution of the United States and impartially administer justice. So how did he end up suspended – again – for refusing to do just that?
In January of 2016, Moore ordered Alabama’s probate judges to defy a Federal District Court’s order and refuse applications for marriage licenses from same-sex couples, despite the fact that the United States Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. The Southern Poverty Law Center filed a complaint noting that the judge, among other things, denigrated and defied federal courts and encouraged lawlessness. The Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission charged Moore with six counts of ethics violations.
“We intend to fight this agenda vigorously and expect to prevail,” Moore says of the suspension. He believes that, by issuing licenses to same-sex couples, he would be in violation of the Alabama Constitution. “I pledged to support not only the U.S. Constitution but the Alabama Constitution as well,” Moore said when he was sworn into office, “which provided in its preamble that the state ‘established justice’ by ‘invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God.’”
Moore interpreted that to mean that the word of God took precedence over the law.
Ambrosia Starling, a drag performer in Dothan, is one of the plaintiffs who filed a judicial ethics complaint against Moore for failure to give LGBT people equal protection under the law. Moore shot back at a press conference in April, calling transsexualism a “known
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