AL Chief Justice Suspended On Gay Marriage Issue

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Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore was suspended Friday without pay for the remainder of his term by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary (COJ), reports The COJ found him guilty of all six charges of violation of the canons of judicial ethics brought by the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission. The charges stem from a complaint by the Southern Poverty Law Center, based on an order by Moore that state probate judges defy the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal court orders declaring gay marriage legal nationwide and not issue same-sex marriage licenses.

Moore’s suspension is the second time he has been removed from the chief justice job. He was removed in 2003 for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building. He was re-elected to the chief justice job in 2012. Moore, a staunch opponent of gay marriage, denied he asked the probate judges to defy the federal courts. The COJ ruled he did. Moore’s attorney, Mat Staver who leads the legal group Liberty Counsel, said that they are appealing the ruling to the Alabama Supreme Court. Staver said that appeal will have to be before a panel of specially appointed Alabama Supreme Court justices, not Moore’s colleagues on the bench.

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