Ousted Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore is considering a presidential run as a Republican, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Moore was removed from the bench in 2003 for refusing to move a monument of the Ten Commandments on public property that he had commissioned.

The Journal reports that Moore is preparing to launch a presidential exploratory committee.

Moore has already appeared at several events in early caucus state Iowa.

At a rally organized by Bob Vander Plaats' socially conservative group The Family Leader, Moore told about 500 supporters of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in the state that the institution leads to “child abuse.”

“No society is prepared to deal with the problems arising out of same-sex marriages; child abuse, adoption, divorce, foster care, alimony and the list goes on and on,” Moore told a welcoming crowd. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

Moore's views on gay rights are in line with most GOP hopefuls vying for the state's large bloc of socially conservative voters, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, Texas Rep. Ron Paul and former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain.

Real estate mogul Donald Trump, who says he'll decide whether he's running by June, is opposed to all forms of legal recognition for gay couples.

Two Republicans who break with their party on gay rights are Fred Karger, an openly gay candidate, and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, a supporter of gay marriage.