Suspended Alabama chief justice to announce future plans

Posted April 28, 2017

Moore joins what is expected to be a crowded Republican primary field for the special election, which is being held this year as a result of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions' appointment as U.S. Attorney General.

Roy Moore leaves a press conference after announcing his Alabama Junior Senate race candidacy on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in Montgomery, Ala.

"Our first president in his farewell address said very simply, 'The virtue of morality is a necessary spring of popular government".

"The foundations of the fabric of our country are being shaken tremendously", Moore told a small huddle of reporters and supporters outside the Capitol. "Our sacred institution of marriage has been destroyed by the Supreme Court". He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

On Wednesday, Moore struck a familiar traditional stance, railing against same-sex marriage, abortion, "socialized medicine" and national Common Core education standards.

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Moore's campaign website describes him as a "life-long Alabamian and committed, constitutional conservative that has stood up for liberty and religious freedom his entire career".

When Moore made his announcement, he was surrounded by two dozen cheering supporters, including some who had stood by him through previous quixotic quests such as the public display of the Ten Commandments. Last week, the Alabama Supreme Court upheld his suspension.

My co-blogger Steven Taylor is in better touch with the pulse of Alabama's voters than I am, since he remains in the state and I've been living in Virginia the past fourteen-plus years.

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 great majority of people in this state believe in God. A judicial panel said Moore had urged state probate judges to defy federal court rulings that said gays and lesbians have a fundamental right to marry. Moore recused himself from the matter and was not included in the order. He called the order unlawful, saying he had a right to "acknowledge God".

At the time, he said probate judges had a "ministerial duty" not to issue same-sex marriage licenses because of previous Alabama Supreme Court rulings and Alabama's traditional marriage amendments, which federal courts declared unconstitutional in 2015.

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Moore is seeking the Senate seat vacated by former U.S. Sen.

Age restrictions prevent Moore from being reelected to the Alabama Supreme Court.

The accusation stemmed from a January 6, 2016, memo to probate judges saying an Alabama Supreme Court order to refuse marriage licenses to gay couples remained in "full force and effect" even though the highest court in the nation ruled that gays and lesbians have a fundamental right to marry. "That issue remains before the entire court, which continues to deliberate on the matter", Moore wrote.

Moore denied the charge of urging defiance, and said he was only giving a status update on the 2015 state order.

Moore had likewise been removed from his chief justice seat in 2003 for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the court rotunda, but was re-elected by the people in 2012.

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"Alabama is a conservative state", Parker said. "The Constitution expressly prohibits the making of laws respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise of religion". Many have been distributed and received with gladness.