At long last, some justice has finally been served on the highest court official in the state of Alabama.
On Friday, the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Roy Moore, was suspended by the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission, which also filed ethics charges against Moore. Moore will now be tried by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary, and he could be removed from the bench if he is found guilty of the charges against him.
Moore gained national attention when he refused to recognize the United States Supreme Court’s legalization of same-sex marriage in all 50 states in the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling last year. At that time, Moore said he would “not be bound” by the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing marriage equality because he claimed the high court had changed the “organic law” of God. Moore has also recently remarked:
“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. 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.”
Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) had this to say after Moore was suspended on Friday:
“He’s such a religious zealot, such an egomaniac that he thinks he doesn’t have to follow federal court rulings he disagrees with. For the good of the state, he should be kicked out of office.”
The ultimate irony of this entire situation, of course, is that Moore, who took an oath to defend the Constitution, has instead chosen to obey his own bigotry and fanaticism. Such a person forfeits any right to serve as a judge on the actions of others.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.