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Alabama judge dumped for saying no to gay marriages

Published:Sunday | October 2, 2016 | 10:00 AM
Embattled Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore

MONTGOMERY, Alabama (AP):

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was removed from the bench last Friday for defying the United States Supreme Court on gay marriage, more than a decade after he was ousted for disobeying a federal order to take down a 21/2-ton monument to the Ten Commandments.

The nine-member Alabama Court of the Judiciary suspended Moore for the remainder of his term.

Although the court stopped short of outrightly removing him as they did in 2003, the punishment has the same effect, ending his period as Alabama's top jurist.

The judiciary court ruled that Moore defied law already clearly settled by the high court's Obergefell vs Hodges ruling when he told Alabama's probate judges six months later that they were still bound by a 2015 state court order to deny marriage licences to gays and lesbians.

They said Moore also flouted a federal judge's order that enjoined the judges from enforcing Alabama's same-sex marriage ban after the US Supreme Court's decision.

Moore called his removal "a politically motivated effort by radical homosexual and transgender groups to remove me as chief justice of the Supreme Court because of outspoken opposition to their immoral agenda".