Christian extremist punished: Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore is suspended for the remainder of his term after ordering state judges to deny marriage licenses for same-sex couples.
Chief Justice Roy Moore was permanently suspended on Friday for ordering state probate judges not to grant marriage licenses to gay couples, despite contrary rulings by a federal court and the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Alabama Court of the Judiciary (COJ) issued the order Friday suspending Moore from the bench for the remainder of his term after a unanimous vote of the nine-member board.
Last May the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) filed six charges against Moore for disregarding federal court rulings on same-sex marriage, noting that he had “flagrantly disregarded and abused his authority” in ordering the state’s probate judges to refuse applications for marriage licenses by same-sex couples.
The charges state that Moore “knowingly ordered” the state’s probate judges “to commit violations of the Canons of Judicial Ethics” and “abandoned his role as a neutral and detached chief administrator of the judicial system.”
The JIC unanimously found that Moore was guilty of violating:
- Canon 1, failing to uphold the integrity and independence of the judiciary
- Canon 2, failing to avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety in all his activities
- Canon 2A, failing to respect and comply with the law and failing to conduct himself at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary
- Canon 2B, failing to avoid conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice that brings the judicial office into disrepute
- Canon 3, failing to perform the duties of his office impartially
- Canon 3A(6), failing to abstain from public comment about a pending proceeding in his own court.
Moore had been on a temporary suspension for ordering state judges to deny marriage licenses for same-sex couples. Friday’s decision makes that suspension permanent for the remainder of his term.
Moore has a history of breaking the law to satisfy his radical Christian extremism. In 2003, as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Moore refused to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from the Alabama Judicial Building despite orders to do so from a federal judge. On November 13, 2003, the Alabama Court of the Judiciary unanimously removed Moore from his post as Chief Justice.
Indeed, Moore has a reputation as a Christian extremist with little respect for the federal government or the U.S. Constitution, and is quoted as once saying:
the Supreme Court cannot supersede God, simply because the United States is a Christian nation.
And in an appalling display of constitutional ignorance and religious bigotry, Moore once declared that the First Amendment only applied to Christians.
Bottom line: Moore has no place on the bench. He has repeatedly demonstrated that he has no respect for the law, and no respect for the U.S. Constitution.
(Portions of this article were previously published here.)