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 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 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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Alabama chief justice fires back at those seeking his removal for blocking LGBT marriage

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Montgomery, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is lashing out at organizations seeking his removal from office and defending his actions seemingly aimed at blocking gays and lesbians from marrying in the state.

Moore, in an April 27 news conference at the state judicial building, defended his actions. Those include a January administrative order telling probate judges that a state court order to refuse same-sex marriage licenses remained “in full force and effect” despite last year’s U.S. Supreme Court decision effectively legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.

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Same-sex marriage opponents urge Supreme Court to go slow

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Same-sex marriage opponents acknowledge they face a tough task in trying to persuade the Supreme Court to allow states to limit marriage to a man and a woman.

But they are urging the court to resist embracing what they see as a radical change in society’s view of what constitutes a marriage, especially without more information about how same-sex marriage affects children who are raised by two fathers or two mothers.

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Justices in Arkansas Supreme Court criticize move in gay marriage case as delay tactic

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Little Rock, Ark. (AP) — Two members of the Arkansas Supreme Court — including the chief justice — said on April 8 that a ruling on whether to legalize gay marriage in the state is being unnecessarily delayed by the rest of the court.

Chief Justice Jim Hannah and Associate Justice Paul Danielson recused themselves from a separate case surrounding whether Justice Rhonda Wood, who was sworn in in January, can rule on the constitutionality of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Justices last week said a separate case was needed on the matter, a move that likely pushes the consideration until after the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the same topic.

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Alabama counties slowly following marriage laws, but a majority still refusing federal ruling

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Only 23 of Alabama’s 67 counties have followed a federal ruling declaring a ban on same-sex marriages there unconstitutional. That means 44 counties—which encompasses 56% of Alabamians—have refused to follow federal law. According to the HRC, 16 counties have refused to follow the ruling and have only given marriage licenses to opposite-gender couples. Twenty-eight counties have decided not to issue marriage licenses to any couples at all.

“Alabama’s probate judges are tasked with following the law,” said Sarah Warbelow, HRC’s Legal Director. “Unfortunately, some judges are willfully disobeying a federal court order, and harming loving, committed couples of all kinds in the process. It’s time for order to be restored and for the law to be followed.”

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Alabama begins issuing marriage licenses to gay couples

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Feb. 9 despite an 11th-hour attempt from the state’s chief justice — an outspoken opponent — to block the weddings.

The U.S. Supreme Court said Feb. 9 morning that it wouldn’t stop the marriages, and shortly after, probate judges began granting the licenses to couples, some of whom had been lined up for hours and exited courthouses to applause from supporters.

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