Alabama GOP passes resolution to support nation’s most anti-gay judge

Roy Moore, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, speaks during a news conference at the Judicial Building in Montgomery, Ala., Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Moore says a judicial ethics panel should dismiss complaints filed against him as he fought to keep gays and lesbians from marrying in the state.

Roy Moore, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, speaks during a news conference at the Judicial Building in Montgomery, Ala., Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Moore says a judicial ethics panel should dismiss complaints filed against him as he fought to keep gays and lesbians from marrying in the state. (Mickey Welsh/Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Republican Party has passed a resolution to support suspended state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.

Alabama GOP officials said in a statement Monday that the party passed a resolution in opposition to Moore’s potential removal from office.

A Judicial Inquiry Committee complaint against Moore stems from a January order he sent to probate judges saying an Alabama court order banning same-sex marriage remained in place despite a U.S. Supreme Court decision effectively legalizing gay marriage.

The resolution asks lawmakers to pass legislation preventing the removal of statewide elected officials unless done so by the legislature, where Republicans have a supermajority in both chambers.

The judicial ethics panel in 2003 removed Moore for disobeying a court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building.

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