BREAKING NEWS: Alabama judicial court suspends Chief Justice Roy Moore over gay marriage

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2016 file photo, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore speaks to the media during a news conference in Montgomery, Ala. Moore appeared before a judicial discipline panel Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, to answer accusations that he tried to block gay couples from marrying in the Deep South state. The outspoken Republican jurist could be removed from office for the second time in 13 years if the Court of the Judiciary finds he violated the state's canons of judicial ethics.  (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2016 file photo, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore speaks to the media during a news conference in Montgomery, Ala. Moore appeared before a judicial discipline panel Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, to answer accusations that he tried to block gay couples from marrying in the Deep South state. The outspoken Republican jurist could be removed from office for the second time in 13 years if the Court of the Judiciary finds he violated the state's canons of judicial ethics. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Alabama judicial court suspends chief justice Roy Moore for rest of term over his defiance of gay marriage

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama judicial court suspends chief justice Roy Moore for rest of term over his defiance of gay marriage.


Original Story:

September 29, 2016 3:50am

Alabama chief justice waits for judgment day on keeping job
KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is waiting to learn if he’ll keep his job.

The Alabama Court of the Judiciary has 10 days to make a decision on a request to remove Moore from office.

The Judicial Inquiry Commission is seeking Moore removal, arguing he urged the state probate judges to defy federal court rulings on gay marriage.

Moore in January told probate judges that they remained under a March Alabama Supreme Court order to refuse marriage licenses to gay couples.

In a hearing Wednesday, commission lawyers said Moore was clearly urging defiance. Moore called the charge “ridiculous.”

Moore was removed from office in 2003 for disobeying a federal court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building.

 

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