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. (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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