Supporters hold rally for antigay Alabama chief justice

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)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Supporters of suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore held rally in Montgomery.

Speakers led prayers and urged those at the rally Saturday to sign an online petition supporting Moore and called the ethics charges filed by the Judicial Inquiry Commission a “politically-motivated travesty,” Al.com reported. The event was held outside the Alabama Judicial Building.

Moore’s wife, Kayla Moore, told the crowd that her husband did not attend the rally because he did not want the event to be solely focused on him.

“It’s about freedom,” Kayla Moore said. “It’s about religious freedom and our constitution.”

The Judicial Inquiry Committee on May 6 filed an ethics complaint against Moore. The charges stem from a January order Moore sent to probate judges saying an Alabama court order banning same-sex marriages remained effective even though a U.S. Supreme Court decision effectively legalized gay marriage.

Moore’s attorney Mat Staver called the complaint a political witch hunt. Staver said Moore did nothing wrong and did not tell judges to refuse the licenses.

Moore, 69, has been automatically suspended from the bench and could be removed from office.

Speakers also denounced same-sex marriage and President Barack Obama‘s directive that public schools allow students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

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