The Alabama Supreme Court this week reaffirmed the removal of Roy Moore as chief justice.
Moore has hinted he may run for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by now U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in February and currently held by former Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange.
Moore said he would make a decision on a Senate run sometime next week.
In a news conference, Moore blasted the prosecution as “politically” motivated, arguing that he remains Chief Justice even with the suspension over his administrative order against the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
“I have done my duty under the laws of this state to stand for the undeniable truth that God ordained marriage as the union of one man and one woman,” Moore told reporters assembled at the Alabama State Capitol’s Old Supreme Court Chambers.
As there are no federal issues in the case, Moore is unable to appeal the ruling.
“This is it,” he said.
Southern Poverty Law Center president Richard Cohen had filed an ethics complaint against Moore, and issued a statement after the ruling: “Roy Moore’s violation of the Canons of Judicial Ethics was egregious. He got what he deserved. We’ll all be better off without the Ayatollah of Alabama as our chief justice.”