2016 January 6

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore Directs Lower State Courts to Disregard U.S Supreme Court Decision Upholding Same-Sex Marriages; Is Suspened


Justice Roy Moore, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, on this day issued an order to lower Alabama courts directing them to ignore the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutional right of same-sex couples to marry. Moore was subsequently removed from the Alabama Supreme Court.

It was the second time that Moore had been removed from the Alabama Supreme Court, which is an elective office. In 2003 he was removed for ignoring a federal court decision directing him to remove a two-ton statue inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the grounds of the courthouse where the Alabama Supreme Court worked.

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