Roy Moore, the Alabama chief justice suspended for urging state judges to defy federal court rulings on marriage equality, announced a bid for Congress this week.
“I know and I think you do too that the foundations of the fabric of our country are being shaken tremendously,” Moore said in a press conference. “Our families are being crippled by divorce and abortion, our sacred institution of marriage has been destroyed by the Supreme Court, and our rights and liberties are in jeopardy.”
Moore, along with colleague Justice Tom Parker, “explicitly made the judicial case for prosecuting women who have had abortions” in a 2014 decision upholding the conviction of an Alabama woman for child endangerment after she gave birth to a healthy baby who tested positive for cocaine, Rewire reported.
“From local to international, all law flows from the divine source: it is the law of God,” Moore wrote. “The law of nature and of nature’s God binds all nations, states, and all government officials—from Great Britain to Germany to Alabama—regardless of positive laws or orders to the contrary.”
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The following year, Moore was the subject of a judicial ethics complaint claiming he had shown public support for anti-choice domestic terrorists by speaking at a rally hosted by Operation Save America. The complaint accused Moore of being “guilty of domestic treason by association, conflict of interest, misconduct, collusion and consorting with the enemy.”
“You know, some told me, ‘you know they’re a radical group,’” Moore said of Operation Save America at the rally, according to AL.com. “I said yeah. They are radical for God.”
“We appreciate what you do,” he continued.
The Alabama supreme court last week upheld Moore’s suspension for issuing an administrative order urging state probate judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 landmark marriage equality decision. Moore cannot be re-elected to Alabama’s supreme court due to age restrictions.
Moore had previously been removed from office in 2013 for refusing to comply with a federal judge’s order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state supreme court. He has come under fire from pro-choice and LGBTQ advocates for his extreme rhetoric opposing abortion and LGBTQ rights.
He will challenge Sen. Luther Strange (R) in an August 15 primary.
Strange was appointed by former Gov. Robert Bentley in February to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the U.S. Senate.