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Published: Fri, April 28, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Moore running for US Senate

Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Moore running for US Senate

Moore, who was found guilty in September of violating Alabama's judicial ethics rules, plans to run in a special election later this year for one of the state's U.S. Senate seats.

Moore has scheduled a Wednesday afternoon press conference on the steps of the Alabama Capitol steps to announce his plans.

Speculation has swirled that Moore might run for another office after being suspended from the bench.

Stuart concurred in the 2015 API decision where the Alabama Supreme Court stopped the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite U.S. District Judge Ginny Granade striking down the state's bans on same-sex marriage earlier that year.

Ron Crumpton, who lost the 2016 U.S. Senate race to incumbent Richard Shelby, has said he will seek the Democratic nomination, according to the Alabama Political Reporter. "Our sacred institution has being destroyed by the Supreme Court". Jeff Sessions after Sessions became U.S attorney general, but now-former Gov. Robert Bentley appointed odd, the former state attorney general, to the seat, AL.com reported. Yet while Moore's defense of traditional values and strident stance on gay marriage plays well with the Republican base, some political experts say he is unlikely to win over a broader swath of the general electorate. The party primaries will be held August 15, with a runoff, if necessary, set for September 26, and the general election will be December 12.

"What I did, I did for the people of Alabama".

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"To ensure a continuity of leadership and a smooth transition that keeps the ship of state steady, I have appointed Justice Lyn Stuart as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court", Governor Ivey remarked. Stuart was first elected to the Alabama Supreme Court in 2000. As chief justice, Moore penned two opinions opposing arbitration rulings, which earned him the lasting enmity of the Business Council of Alabama.

Eva Kendrick, state director of the Human Rights Campaign Alabama, a gay rights organization, said Moore is seeking "to capitalize on the name recognition he gained for harming LGBTQ people in our state". He has called Moore the "Ayatollah of Alabama", saying he's unable to separate his personal religious beliefs from his judicial responsibilities.

Christian Coalition Chairman Randy Brinson and state Rep. Ed Henry, who spearheaded an impeachment push against Bentley, have also announced on the Republican side. Despite being removed twice from the state's highest court, the site repeatedly refers to him as "Judge Roy Moore" and prominently features his official state portrait in which he's wearing judicial robes.

Moore's resignation gives Ivey a chance to make a quick and lasting impact on the state's court system.

Moore denied the charge of urging defiance, and said he was only giving a status update on the 2015 state order. I stood up for God.

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