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Meet The Alabama Judge Who Refuses To Uphold The Constitution

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is suspended again for putting church before state.

Meet The Alabama Judge Who Refuses To Uphold The Constitution
WASHINGTON - JUNE 8: Roy Moore, former Chief Justice of The Alabama Supreme Court, testifies at a Senate Constitution, Civil Rights and Property Rights Subcommittee hearing, entitled "Beyond the Pledge of Allegiance: Hostility to Religious Expression in the Public Square." on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC June 8, 2004. Moore was removed from office for refusing to take down a public display of the Ten Commandments in the courthouse. (Photo by Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

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.

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