May 23, 2016 - Monday
Where's the Justice for This Justice?
Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore probably feels like he's always standing alone. But on Saturday, he was anything but, as crowds of people poured out by the judicial building in Montgomery to rally for the popular judge. Three weeks after being suspended from the bench without pay, Roy Moore is fighting the politically motivated charges against him. It all started several months ago, when far-Left extremists filed a complaint with the state's Judicial Inquiry Commission. Why? Because Justice Moore didn't roll over and fall in line after five members of the U.S. Supreme Court forced their definition of marriage on the rest of the country.
In Alabama, as in most states, there's an administrative process to follow before implementing decisions as sweeping as Obergefell. As a firm believer in natural marriage and the state's autonomy, Justice Moore went to bat for the 81 percent of Alabamans who went to the polls to protect man-woman unions in 2006. In a memo to probate judges across the state, Moore told them to wait until that process was complete before issuing same-sex marriage licenses. And, as a result, the Left is trying to discredit him and end his distinguished judicial career. Our good friend, Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver, is representing the judge, who hopes to have a hearing this summer.
In the meantime, plenty of people are on Moore's side, including state senators like Dick Brebacker, who called the suspension "an outrageous abuse of power." "This is all over an administrative order. The check and balance in our system for an incorrect or controversial administrative order is for the other sitting justices just to strike it down, which they can do at will. The JIC was never set up to ride herd on every administration decision made by the chief justice..." Like us, he knows that these are nothing but trumped up charges meant to make an example of anyone who dares to stand up to the forces of political correctness and follow state protocol in judicial decisions.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC Action senior writers.