The Alabama GOP State Executive Committee passed a resolution over the weekend in support of currently suspended Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore at a special meeting called to elect alternate delegates to the Republican National Convention.
Moore was suspended from his position following complaints made to the Judicial Inquiry Commission by the ACLU and other civil rights activism groups.
The appointed body, which oversees the state’s judges, said the 69-year-old jurist “abused his office by issuing an administrative order to probate judges in January telling them an Alabama court order and law banning same-sex marriages remained in effect despite the U.S. Supreme Court decision affirming same-sex marriage six months earlier,” according to a report by The Associated Press.
The suspension is Moore’s second, his first ending in an eventual removal from office in 2003 for violating a federal judge’s order to remove a large Ten Commandments monument from public property. Moore was subsequently re-elected to his position in 2010 in a landslide win.
“Chief Justice Roy Moore has been a consistent proponent of our pro-life and traditional marriage values, which are the positions of the Alabama Republican Party,” the resolution reads, in part, “and… we believe that any statewide elected official should only be impeached and subsequently removed from office by the elected legislature.”
ALGOP isn’t the first group to speak in support of the Chief Justice. Over the weekend, a group of conservatives rallied in Montgomery in an outcry over Moore’s removal.
“We can’t believe what’s unfolding before our eyes here in Alabama and across the nation,” wrote the group’s spokesperson Hannah Ford in a release. “If you’ve ever wanted to be a voice for truth, for God, for marriage, for morality, for the Gospel, for your children and grandchildren, for the Constitution of the United States, and the laws of Alabama, this is your time. Chief Justice Moore has been a lone voice for God’s law and for a proper interpretation of the Constitution in the midst of those who hate both and now they’re trying to take him down.”
Find below the entire text of the resolution passed by ALGOP.
WHEREAS, Chief Justice Roy Moore was elected by the voters of the State of Alabama,
WHEREAS, Chief Justice Roy Moore has been a consistent proponent of our pro-life and traditional marriage values, which are the positions of the Alabama Republican Party, and
WHEREAS, we believe that any statewide elected official should only be impeached and subsequently removed from office by the elected legislature,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY the Alabama Republican Party that we call on the Court of the Judiciary to drop the politically motivated charges against Chief Justice Roy Moore, and
THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED BY the Alabama Republican Party that we call on the legislature to pass legal changes that would prevent the political removal of statewide elected officials, unless done so by the elected legislature of the state. Adopted, this the 21st day of May, in the Year of Our Lord 2016, by the State Executive Committee of the Alabama Republican Party.