Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was suspended on May 6, 2016, for the second time in his career, after being charged with violating ethical rules, reported Jurist.
The Judicial Inquiry Commission accused Moore of failing to act impartially and refusing to follow the law when he ordered probate judges not to issue same-sex marriage licenses following the US Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges which struck down same-sex marriage bans. Moore argued that the Supreme Court ruling only applied to the plaintiff in the case, and probate judges in Alabama had not been ordered to issue same-sex marriage licenses. The commission stated that Moore is bound by the Supreme Court interpretation of the Constitution and has violated the law.
In 2003, Moore was removed from office after refusing to adhere to a federal court order. He then successful ran for the position again.
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