Alabama Judge Roy Moore Suspended for Refusal to Issue Gay Marriage Licenses

Source: RedState | May 7, 2016 | Susan Wright


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The current complaint concerns Chief Justice Moore’s actions after federal court decisions regarding same-sex marriage. Last spring, he directed probate judges in Alabama not to abide by a Federal District Court’s order striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, holding that issuing licenses to same-sex couples would violate the Alabama Constitution.

In January, six months after the United States Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex marriage was a constitutional right, Chief Justice Moore, in an administrative order, instructed the state’s probate judges that they had a “ministerial duty” to enforce the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Nearly all of the probate judges in the state have been issuing licenses to same-sex couples, though a few have stopped issuing marriage licenses altogether.

The same commission that removed him from his position in 2003 are now charging him with abusing his authority and he has been suspended, as he awaits a hearing with Alabama’s Court of the Judiciary.

“We intend to fight this agenda vigorously and expect to prevail,” Chief Justice Moore said in a statement, saying that the Judicial Inquiry Commission, which filed the complaint, had no authority over the charges at issue.

Referring to a transgender activist in Alabama, Chief Justice Moore said the commission had “chosen to listen to people like Ambrosia Starling, a professed transvestite, and other gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals, as well as organizations which support their agenda.”

Moore has argued that the Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage only applies to the four states involved in the gay marriage cases that were brought before the Supreme Court and not Alabama.

Chief Justice Moore became an icon in the fight for religious freedom in 2003 and his unyielding stance on matters that directly involve faith and principle in the legal realm are unlikely to change due to this latest challenge.


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    Thank you, Chief Justice Moore!

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