Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Moore running for US Senate

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s entry into the U.S. Senate race adds another layer of drama to what’s already expected to be a rollicking special election to fill the seat previously held by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The fiery Republican jurist’s stands against gay marriage and for a courthouse display of the Ten Commandments have earned him the nickname the “Ayatollah of Alabama” from the Southern Poverty Law Center — and legions of loyal followers across the country. Moore announced his candidacy among the swelling GOP field Wednesday in what is expected to be a cutthroat primary.

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Alabama lawmakers: Faith-based adoption groups can spurn LGBTQ couples

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama lawmakers gave final approval April 25 to a bill protecting faith-based adoption organizations that refuse to place children with LGBTQ parents, or other households, because of their religious beliefs.

The legislation would prohibit the state from refusing to license faith-based adoption groups that refuse placements because of their religious beliefs.

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Alabama bill protects adoption agencies that turn away LGBTQ couples

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP)- Alabama might protect faith-based adoption organizations that refuse to place children with LGBTQ parents, or in other households, because of their religious beliefs.

The Alabama Senate approved legislation April 18 that prohibits the state from refusing to license faith-based adoption groups that refuse placements on religious grounds. Proponents said the bill is needed so the faith-based agencies can make placements without violating their faith. Critics derided it as blatant discrimination.

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Gay moment nixes ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Alabama drive-in

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HENAGAR, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama drive-in theater won’t show a new re-telling of the classic fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast” because one of its characters is portrayed as homosexual.

A Facebook post for the Henagar Drive-In Theatre says its operators are “first and foremost Christians” and will not compromise on what the Bible teaches. They said they will show family-oriented films so customers can “watch wholesome movies.”

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Alabama Chief Justice is appealing his suspension from the bench

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who was removed from his duties after a judicial panel found he urged defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark same-sex marriage decision, is appealing his lengthy suspension.

In a 95-page brief filed Dec. 14, his attorney argued Moore shouldn’t have been removed because he never instructed probate judges to refuse marriage licenses to gay couples. They also argued the Alabama Court of the Judiciary, the state panel that hears complaints against judges, exceeded its authority by suspending Moore for the remainder of his term.

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Alabama Chief Justice begins appeal of ethics conviction

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama’s permanently suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore has begun to challenge his ethics conviction, arguing that the state Court of the Judiciary, a body formed to discipline Alabama’s judges, was never empowered to rule on a key part of his case.

Moore’s attorneys filed a notice of appeal Oct. 3 with the Alabama Supreme Court. His full legal arguments will come later.

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Alabama Chief Justice off bench for defying feds on same-sex marriage

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was removed from the bench Sept. 30 for defying the U.S. Supreme Court on same-sex marriage, more than a decade after he got in trouble for refusing federal orders to move a Ten Commandments monument.

By suspending Moore for the rest of his term, the nine-member Alabama Court of the Judiciary has effectively removed him from office for the second time.

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Anti-gay Alabama Chief Justice Moore heads to court this week

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Chief Justice Roy S. Moore the fiery Deep South jurist has been here before.

Moore was removed as chief justice over a decade ago for refusing to obey a federal court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building. Moore faces removal from office again, this time on accusations that he urged 68 probate judges to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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Obama’s transgender directive to schools goes to court

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Texas and 12 other states will ask a federal judge Aug. 12 to halt an Obama administration directive on bathroom rights for transgender students in U.S. public schools.

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Alabama’s chief justice defends same-sex marriage ban

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Montgomery, Ala. (AP) – Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has formally defended the gay marriage memo that put his judicial career in peril, saying he was merely trying to answer questions from probate judges that his fellow justices would not address.

 Moore could be removed from office if the state’s Court of the Judiciary decides he violated judicial ethics by urging probate judges to defy the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Federal judge bans Alabama’s anti-LGBT-marriage laws

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Mobile, Ala. (AP) – A federal judge is permanently barring Alabama from enforcing state laws to block gay marriage.

U.S. District Judge Callie Granade of Mobile issued the order June 7 in litigation that followed the U.S. Supreme Court decision that effectively legalized same-sex weddings nationwide.

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Suspended chief justice gets additional time to respond

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Montgomery, Ala. (AP) – Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has gotten additional time to respond to judicial ethics charges that could result in his ouster.

Holly Meade, a spokeswoman for Moore’s attorney, says the Alabama Court of the Judiciary granted a 14-day extension of the deadline for him to file a response to the charges.

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