In Every Adversity There is a Seed of Equal or Greater Benefit; Chief Justice Roy Moore of Alabama Supreme Court Now Favorite for Governor
by Bob Unruh
Activists for homosexuality and transgenderism who strategized with court officials in Alabama to remove Chief Justice Roy Moore from the state Supreme Court because of his fierce defense of traditional marriage might not like where he may end up.
There was no word of his plans this week when Moore held a news conference after a specially assembled court affirmed his removal from the bench over an order he issued as chief justice to the state’s judges. But it’s an open secret that he may have an interest in politics, possibly the governor’s office.
He ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2006 and 2010, but a poll last fall showed him to be the favorite among Republicans in 2018.
The chief justice fell under political attack over the court’s handling of the “gay marriage” fight, and the state’s judicial processes removed him from office. He essentially was suspended for life for advising state judges that despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage ruling, the status of marriage in Alabama was still unresolved because of an ongoing case.
Yellowhammer News reported Moore’s huge support among Alabama Republicans.
“The Alabama Forestry Association, one of the state’s most influential conservative groups, commissioned a survey of 600 likely Republican primary voters and found that Moore’s sky-high name recognition makes him the GOP’s current top choice for governor in 2018 in what promises to be a crowded field,” the report said.
The report said 28 percent favored Moore and 24 percent were undecided. Sen. Luther Strange, who succeeded Jeff Sessions, got 9 percent and another handful each drew support in the single digits.
The report said Moore was viewed favorably by 58 percent of the respondents, unfavorably by 29 percent and 11 percent had no opinion.
It was the Alabama Supreme Court’s handling of a case that began before the U.S. Supreme Court’s creation of same-sex “marriage” that created a conflict.
After the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the state court ordered motions for its pending Alabama Policy Institute case. Before the federal court ruled, the state court said that the state constitution and state law defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
After the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the state court accepted arguments but then took months to issue a decision. It dismissed pending motions in the case but also pointedly left its original orders unchanged.
In the interim, Moore had advised through an administrative order to probate judges – who issue marriage licenses in the state – that the court still was deliberating, meaning the previous orders were still in effect.
He has explained that he tried unsuccessfully to get the court to assemble and rule on the matter several times.
Consequently, the pro-homosexual Southern Poverty Law Center, which had publicly opposed to Moore’s politics, filed an ethics complaint with the Judicial Inquiry Commission, which referred several charges regarding his administrative order to the Court of the Judiciary.
State officials then hired a former SPLC staffer to work on the case against Moore, even though he explained, “The sole purpose of the administrative order in question was to inform the probate judges that six months after the briefing order, the court still remained in deliberation on the matter and that, therefore, the API orders continued in effect pending ‘further decision.’”
The charges against Moore, however, are part of a larger offensive by SPLC and JIC against conservative justices in Alabama, critics contend.
WND had just reported that Justice Tom Parker also had sued because SPLC filed a complaint with the JIC in an attempt to restrict his free speech, which is protected by the U.S. Constitution.
Parker’s case and others, suggested SPLC, which has been linked in a federal court case to domestic terrorism and earlier smeared GOP presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson by putting him on its “thoroughly disgusting list of ‘haters,’” is working with the JIC to injure conservatives.
SPLC and the JIC are attempting “to intimidate, silence, and punish Justice Parker for his originalist judicial philosophy and protected speech,” Parker’s case claimed.
The governor’s race recently was upset in Alabama by the resignation of Robert Bentley in a marriage-cheating scandal. His replacement is Gov. Kay Ivey.
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