Anti-Gay Extremist Roy Moore To Run For US Senate

Ellen Mills
April 30, 2017

After the US Supreme Court ruled in favour of equal marriage back in 2015, Alabama's Chief Justice Roy Moore tried to actively disregard the rulings - issuing a number of spurious judicial orders to officials in a brazen attempt to re-ban gay weddings.

'We can make America great again, we've got to make America good again, ' Moore said during a news conference held today on the steps of the Alabama Capitol.

Speculation has swirled that Moore might run for another office after being suspended from the bench.

The anti-gay Moore will be trying to get elected to the seat left vacant when Jeff Sessions was appointed US Attorney General.

Roy Moore leaves a press conference after announcing his Alabama Junior Senate race candidacy on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in Montgomery, Ala.

The Court of Judiciary, which disciplines judges, removed Moore as Alabama's chief justice in 2003 after he disobeyed a federal judge's order to remove a granite Ten Commandments monument that he installed in the rotunda of the state judicial building.

Judges and justices, Moore said, are ignoring the Constitution. Still, I'm dubious of Moore's chances here.

A poll taken last August, though taken far too early to serve as a reliable bellwether in the future election, showed Moore at the head of the pack with 28.2% support among 600 Republican respondents.

In a January 6, 2016, memo to probate judges, Moore wrote that a 2015 Alabama Supreme Court order to refuse marriage licenses to gay couples remained in "full force and effect".

The one sure thing is that if Moore fails in his third statewide non-judicial race, he can not follow it up with a third run for the Supreme Court and perhaps a third effort to get himself tossed off the bench.

Association Justice Tom Parker, a longtime Moore ally who called the chief justice's suspension "unlawful", announced Wednesday that he will seek the Republican Party's nomination for chief justice as well.

Stuart has served as Acting Chief Justice since Moore's suspension began on May 6, 2016.

Strange, state Rep. Ed Henry, R-Hartselle, and Randy Brinson, president of the Christian Coalition of Alabama, have announced they are running. So this Senate race could be his last hurrah, praise the Lord.

"When we see education continually being pushed on the state in what we teach our children, it's absolute phenomenal to think the people of Alabama can't teach their children", he said.

Moore has also shown an interest in sentencing reform, and been critical of the state's habitual offender act. But he has not been successful in seeking other offices, having lost the Republican primary for governor in 2006 and 2010.

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