Roy Moore, the Alabama Supreme Court chief justice who recently lost an appeal of his suspension, announced Wednesday that he is resigning from that position and running for U.S. Senate, AL.com reports.
A judicial discipline panel suspended Moore after ruling that he urged probate judges to refuse marriage licenses to gay couples.
In making the announcement, Moore said, "My position has always been God first, family and then country".
According to the Montgomery Advertiser, in an announcement speech on Wednesday Moore sounded familiar "themes of social conservatism and originalism" and pledged support for President Donald Trump, saying "Before we can make America great again, we've got to make America good".
The anti-gay Moore will be trying to get elected to the seat left vacant when Jeff Sessions was appointed US Attorney General. Yet after Bentley was forced to resign amid a sex scandal, new Gov. Kay Ivey moved the date of the Republican primary forward to August 15, followed by a December 12 general election. He also told supporters the U.S. Supreme Court "destroyed" the "sacred institution of marriage". To declare that homosexuality is harmful is not to make new law but to reaffirm the old; to say that it is not harmful is to experiment with people's lives, particularly the lives of children. In 2003, Moore was removed from his post as Alabama's chief justice after he refused to obey a federal court order to remove a monument featuring the Ten Commandments which Moore had erected in the rotunda of the state judicial building. She began her judicial career in 1988 when she was elected as a district judge and was first elected to the Alabama Supreme Court in 2000.
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Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is preparing to announce his plans for the future.
The one sure thing is that if Moore fails in his third statewide non-judicial race, he can not follow it up with a third run for the Supreme Court and perhaps a third effort to get himself tossed off the bench. "And I believe our courts are the battleground for our God-given rights as free people". At least one Alabama political observer, John Archibald of the Birmingham News, thinks Moore will at least make a runoff.
Fighting his suspension, Moore's lawyers had incredibly tried to claim that he did not act to try and halt gay weddings, despite extensive public records and court documents on the matter.
The Senate race is already crowded with conservative candidates.
The GOP Senate field includes incumbent Luther Strange; Rep. Ed Henry, R-Hartselle and former Christian Coalition of Alabama chairman Randy Brinson. Bentley had planned to hold the Senate election in 2018, but the state's new governor, Kay Ivey, moved it up to this year, setting off what's expected to be a four-month demolition derby among Republicans, the dominating political party in the state.