BREAKING NEWS FROM ALABAMA: Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court has been suspended by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary, which is investigating him for having “flagrantly disregarded and abused his authority” in ordering the state’s probate judges to refuse applications for marriage licenses by same-sex couples.
For the second time in his career, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore faces charges before the Alabama Court of the Judiciary and potential removal from office.
Until that court hears and rules on those charges, Moore will be suspended with pay from his position atop the state’s highest court.
On Friday, the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission forwarded charges to the commission, accusing the chief justice of violating judicial ethics in his opposition to same-sex marriage.
Reached by phone Friday evening, Moore said he was ready to fight what he called the LGBT agenda.
“The Judicial Inquiry Commission has no authority over the administrative orders of the chief justice of Alabama or the legal injunctions of the Alabama Supreme Court prohibiting probate judges from issuing same-sex marriage licenses,” Moore said. “The Judicial Inquiry Commission has chosen to listen to people like Ambrosia Starling, a professed transvestite and other gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals, as well as organizations that support their agenda.”
And guess who the judge blames for this suspension? This drag performer, Ambrosia Starling, who joined the Birmingham-based SPLC, HRC, PFAW and other rights activists in filing an ethics complaint against Moore. Moore calls Starling “a professed transvestite” “would have been said to have a mental disorder-gender identity disorder according to the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association”.
Starling claps back at Moore in this video:
In the interim, Associate Justice Lyn Stuart serves as Acting Chief Justice.
The Alabama Court of the Judiciary is a special court convened to try judicial officers for ethics, misconduct, dereliction of duty or incapacitation. Under the Alabama State Constitution, impeachment of judges cannot happen without judges first being tried by the Court of the Judiciary. It consists of district and circuit judges appointed by the State Supreme Court, the Alabama Senate, the Alabama State Bar and the District Judges’ Association.