Anti-LGBT Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore Suspended for Ethics ViolationsBy Adam Polaski • September 30, 2016 • 1:59 pm
Today, September 30 – just one day after a hearing on six judicial ethics violations – Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was found guilty on all six counts and suspended for the remainder of his term without pay.
The unanimous ruling by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary comes after Moore issued a letter to probate judges in the state directing them not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, even after a federal judge declared Alabama’s marriage ban to be unconstitutional in early 2015.
Freedom for All Americans executive director Matt McTighe released the following statement regarding Moore’s suspension:
“Roy Moore put his judicial ethics aside in order to discriminate against same-sex couples. His brazen disregard for the Constitution and rule of law would have set a dangerous precedent had he not been stopped. Today’s ruling should be a warning to other judges and government officials that flouting the rule of law in order to discriminate against LGBT Americans will not be tolerated.”
Moore’s term was set to expire in 2019. Due to his age, he will not be able to run for reelection, thus bringing an end to his contentious career on the Alabama Supreme Court.