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Chief Justice Roy Moore, 69, pictured, the chief justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court, was effectively sacked on Friday by a judicial panel that found he unethically resisted U.S. court rulings that legalized same-sex marriage.
Moore violated judicial ethics with an order seen as directing probate judges to withhold marriage licenses from same-sex couples, defying federal court decisions, the Alabama Court of the Judiciary ruled. There was an unanimous decision to suspend Moore without pay for the rest of his term, effective immediately.
Moore blasted the decision that followed a trial earlier this week. “This was 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,” he said in a statement on social media.
“The people of Alabama who cherish the rule of law are not going to miss the Ayatollah of Alabama,” Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, said in a statement.
In February 2015, Moore announced that state judges could ignore federal court rulings that the state must recognize same-sex marriage, and that the Constitution did not give the government the power to “redefine marriage.”