Alabama judge’s grandstanding over same-sex marriage is pure demagoguery

Richard Cohen

This morning, we filed an ethics complaint against Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore over his public statements urging the governor and state judges to defy federal law and continue to enforce Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriages.

We’ve been down this road with Moore before. Many around the country know him as the “Ten Commandments judge.”

In 2003, we filed an ethics complaint over Moore’s open defiance of a federal court order requiring him to remove his giant Ten Commandments monument from the courthouse. That complaint led to his removal from office.

Unfortunately, Alabama voters elected him chief justice again three years ago.

Now, he’s at it again – confusing his personal religious beliefs with his duty to uphold both state and federal law, including the U.S. Constitution.

Our complaint spells out three specific violations of Alabama’s Canons of Judicial Ethics:

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