Alabama Chief Justice may lose his job in fight over same-sex marriage ruling

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A hearing set for Aug. 8 will determine the course of the judicial ethics case against suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who could be removed from office for an order he issued about same-sex marriage.

The Alabama Court of the Judiciary is scheduled to consider a request by judicial investigators to convict Moore of violating canons of conduct without a trial. That could result in Moore’s immediate removal from office.

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Alabama drag queen is suspended chief justice’s nightmare

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Wearing big hair, loads of makeup and high heels, small-town drag queen Ambrosia Starling is the new worst nightmare of suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore.

Moore has called out Starling twice by name in recent days while defending himself against allegations of violating judicial canons with his opposition to same-sex marriage. During a news conference and in a written statement, Moore cited the cross-dressing entertainer as a reason he’s at risk of losing his job for the second time since 2003.

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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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Alabama House committee approves bill that would ax state-signed marriage licenses

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Montgomery, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama House committee has approved a bill that would replace state-signed marriage licenses with contracts in a bid to free probate judges from signing licenses for gay couples.

The House Judiciary committee voted for the bill, which passed the Senate in March.

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Alabama Senate moves to abolish marriage licenses

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Senate voted March 15 to do away with state-issued marriage licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that effectively legalized same-sex marriage.

Senators approved the bill 23-3, sending it to the Alabama House of Representatives. It would require couples to file a form — provided by the state — recording their marriage rather than have county probate offices issue licenses.

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Ala. bill seeks protection for judges who won’t marry same-sex couples

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — As Alabama wrestles over the issue of same-sex marriage, some lawmakers are seeking legal protections for judges, ministers and others who refuse to officiate at, or recognize, weddings that violate their religious beliefs.

The House Judiciary Committee voted 9-4 on March 5 to pass the bill, which is part of the House Republican caucus agenda for the session. Proponents said the bill is needed so people won’t face lawsuits for refusing to go against their religious beliefs, while critics said it would legalize discrimination.

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Alabama Supreme Court halts same-sex marriage licenses

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Montgomery, Ala. – The Alabama Supreme Court on March 3 ordered the state’s probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, saying a previous federal ruling that gay-marriage bans violate the U.S. Constitution does not preclude them from following state law, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

The all-Republican court in Montgomery sided with the argument offered by a pair of conservative organizations when they appealed a decision by U.S. District Judge Callie Granade of Mobile, who ruled in January that both Alabama’s constitutional and statutory bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional.

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