A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit filed by Suspended Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.

Moore filed a federal lawsuit against the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) after it filed charges against him in May over an administrative order he issued in which he directed probate judges not to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. Moore's order came months after the Supreme Court found that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry and a federal judge had struck down Alabama's marriage ban as unconstitutional.

In his lawsuit, Moore challenged the law requiring automatic suspension of judges who face ethics charges from the JIC, as Moore is.

U.S. District Court Judge W. Harold Albritton dismissed the case, saying in his 19-page opinion that federal courts should not interfere with current state court proceedings.

“[Moore] has chosen not to allow the state courts to determine his federal constitutional challenges, but instead to ask this federal court to act,” Arbritton said. “This court, out of respect for the state court's proceeding for determining discipline of the state's elected judges, in the manner provided by the state's own constitution, declines to do so.”

(Related: Roy Moore hands over incomplete gay marriage memos.)