After the US Supreme Court ruled in favour of equal marriage last summer, Alabama’s Chief Justice Roy Moore tried his best not to let it happen. And as a person of authority he did it by means of issuing a number of judicial orders to officials in a brazen attempt to re-ban gay weddings. He declared the Supreme Court rulings “doesn’t apply” in Alabama due to state anti-gay laws and ordered probate judges to enforce a gay marriage ban – but soon learned the hard way you can’t just ignore the highest court in America. Moore was indefinitely suspended after the Judicial Inquiry Commission launched action against him for his string of illegal orders – and it was confirmed this week that he will face a trial on the allegations that he “flagrantly disregarding and abusing his authority” in his crusade against gay weddings.
The Alabama Court of the Judiciary on Monday refused to dismiss the charges or resolve the case, opting to bring Moore’s abuse of power to a trial set to take place next month, on September 28. Moore’s lawyer Mat Staver insisted: “The Judicial Inquiry Commission abused its authority when it filed charges against Chief Justice Roy Moore. The charges should never have been filed and must be dismissed. The JIC knows that it has no case and refuses to face the reality of the four-page administrative order, which any plain reading reveals did not direct the probate judges to disobey the U.S. Supreme Court. The JIC’s charges are full of colorful adjectives and lacking in substance.”