Alabama judge dumped for say­ing no to gay mar­riages

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

MONT­GOMERY, Alabama (AP): ALABAMA CHIEF Jus­tice Roy Moore was re­moved from the bench last Fri­day for de­fy­ing the United States Supreme Court on gay mar­riage, more than a decade af­ter he was ousted for dis­obey­ing a fed­eral or­der to take down a 21/2-ton mon­u­ment to the Ten Com­mand­ments.

The nine-mem­ber Alabama Court of the Ju­di­ciary sus­pended Moore for the re­main­der of his term.

Al­though the court stopped short of out­rightly re­mov­ing him as they did in 2003, the pun­ish­ment has the same ef­fect, end­ing his pe­riod as Alabama’s top jurist. Em­bat­tled Alabama Chief Jus­tice Roy Moore

The ju­di­ciary court ruled that Moore de­fied law al­ready clearly set­tled by the high court’s Oberge­fell vs Hodges rul­ing when he told Alabama’s pro­bate judges six months later that they were still bound by a 2015 state court or­der to deny mar­riage li­cences to gays and les­bians.

They said Moore also flouted a fed­eral judge’s or­der that en­joined the judges from en­forc­ing Alabama’s same-sex mar­riage ban af­ter the US Supreme Court’s de­ci­sion.

Moore called his re­moval “a po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated ef­fort by rad­i­cal ho­mo­sex­ual and trans­gen­der groups to re­move me as chief jus­tice of the Supreme Court be­cause of out­spo­ken op­po­si­tion to their im­moral agenda”.

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