Alabama Supreme Court Justice Moore says ethics complaints should be dismissed
MONTGOMERY — Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore lashed out Wednesday at organizations seeking his removal from office and defended his actions seemingly aimed at blocking gays and lesbians from marrying in the state.
Moore, in a news conference at the state judicial building, defended his actions. Those include a January administrative order telling probate judges that a state court order to refuse same-sex marriage licenses remained “in full force and effect” despite last year’s U.S. Supreme Court decision effectively legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.
“For months I’ve sat back while complaint after complaint has been filed by persons and individuals and organizations which have mischaracterized and misstated my position. There is nothing in writing that you will find that I told anybody to disobey a federal court order. That’s not what I said,” Moore said.
The news conference came as the Judicial Inquiry Commission considered complaints filed against Moore over his actions.