Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Moore running for US Senate

Suspended Alabama chief justice to announce future plans

Roy Moore, who is now on suspension, has resigned as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in order to challenge Luther Strange for his seat in the US Senate. Moore scheduled a news conference Wednesday, April 26, 2017, on the steps of the Alabama Capitol to announce his plans for the future.

The Alabama Court of the Judiciary last September suspended Moore for the remainder of his term as chief justice after finding him guilty of ethics violations related to his anti-marriage equality actions.

Moore, who is known largely for his conservative social views, was suspended previous year from his position atop the Alabama Supreme Court after directing state probate judges not to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

Therefore, in January 2016, Moore released a memo advising that the full court's previous instructions remained in effect until it issued directives in light of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell.

His announcement was met with applause and "amen". "Our sacred institution of marriage has being destroyed by the Supreme Court", Moore said.

The U.S. Senate seat is now held by former Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange.

The court said Moore's administrative order, issued on January 6, 2016, directed the state's 67 probate judges to defy the U.S. Supreme Court's 2015 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which effectively legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

The fiery Republican jurist joins what's expected to be a crowded GOP primary field in the August 15 primary.

"What I did, I did for the people of Alabama".

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey announced her appointment for the state's Supreme Court Chief Justice. After running unsuccessfully for governor in 2006 and 2010, Moore regained his old seat on the state's top court in 2012, but was suspended previous year after ordering the state's probate judges to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

"I'll stand for the rights and liberties of the people", Moore said.

Moore was previously removed as chief justice in 2003 after failing to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building in defiance of a federal judge. On Sept. 30, the Court of the Judiciary suspended Moore for the rest of his term.

Age restrictions prevent Moore from being reelected to the Alabama Supreme Court. During a meeting of the Alabama Prison Reofrm Task Force in 2015, the chief justice joined with more liberal members of the panel in pushing for studies of the impact of the law on prison overcrowding, saying not doing so was like "putting a Band-Aid on a major injury".

Other announced candidates include state Rep. Ed Henry and Dr.

Moore denied the charge.

Moore said he had no regrets about his former stances. Bob Riley in the 2006 GOP primary for governor. In a statement distributed after his public remarks Wednesday, Moore said the United States was "founded on the firm rock of conservative Christian values".

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