The Southern Poverty Law Center has
filed a supplement to its ongoing ethics complaint against Alabama
Chief Justice Roy Moore.
In Wednesday's filing, the group called
for Moore's removal from the bench for advising probate judges in the
state to enforce Alabama's ban on gay marriage.
Chief Justice Roy Moore calls on judges to enforce state's gay
“Chief Justice Roy Moore is once
again demonstrating that he is unfit to hold office,” SPLC
President Richard Cohen said. “Despite the fact that Alabama
probate judges are under a federal court order that bars them from
discriminating against same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses,
Justice Moore has irresponsibly advised them to do the opposite.”
The Judicial Inquiry Commission removed
Moore from the office of chief justice 13 years ago for refusing to
comply with a federal court order to remove a Ten Commandments
monument he installed from the state judicial building.
“You would think after being removed
from the bench once before that the chief justice would know better,”
The controversy, however, turned Moore
into a Christian celebrity. Voters returned Moore to the office of
chief justice in 2012.
“Just as Chief Justice Moore's
previous refusal to comply with a federal court order disqualified
him for judicial office and necessitated his removal from the bench,
his advising other judges to violate a federal court order also
requires his removal as Chief Justice of this state's highest court,”
the group stated in its supplemental
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