HRC goes on the offensive against Alabama judge who defied SCOTUS marriage ruling #NoMoore
Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has a been a controversial figure before, but his action after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality last year has pitted him against the country’s largest LGBTQ activist group.
“Roy Moore took an oath to uphold the laws of the United States and Alabama, yet he has flagrantly defied every federally binding pro-marriage equality ruling,” said Eva Kendrick, state manager of the Human Rights Campaign, Alabama.
Following the Supreme Courts ruling in support of same-sex marriage, Moore instructed court probates they had a “ministerial duty” to stand by the state’s original ban on the act which was put into the state’s constitution by popular vote in 2006 with over 80% supporting it.
By the time Moore issued his order, most AL counties had started issuing same-sex marriage licenses or had stopped issuing them all together.
Moore’s action put ethics complaints into motion which included six charges. He fired back against the commission in charge of the ethics violation saying they were paying lip service to “to people like Ambrosia Starling, a professed transvestite [and Alabama activist], and other gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals, as well as organizations which support their agenda.”
Moore was suspended from the bench over the complaint back in May, and a hearing was set to take place this week. In turn, the judge sured the judicial oversight body saying it violated his rights.
Meanwhile, HRC, in the hopes of building support for their cause, purchased a billboard (top image) to help convey their concerns.
“This billboard serves as a reminder that Roy Moore is unfit to serve the people of Alabama on our highest court, and should be removed and censured for his obstructionist tactics,” Kendrick said in a press release announcing the billboard.
This isn’t the first time Moore, a longtime conservative, has faced ethics violations. In 2003 he was reprimanded for installing a two-ton monument of the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the state’s highest court. He was kicked off the bench for the move but was reelected to the post less than a decade later.
Moore was set to go before a judicial panel and argue his case but it appears the hearing has since been canceled and a U.S. District Judge will decide his fate based on legal documents alone.
According to the Associated Press, “the decision came after the judge conferred with lawyers for Moore and the commission.”
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