Activists for homosexuality and transgenderism who strategized with court officials in Alabama to remove Chief Justice Roy Moore from the state Supreme Court because of his fierce defense of traditional marriage might not like where he may end up.

There was no word of his plans this week when Moore held a news conference after a specially assembled court affirmed his removal from the bench over an order he issued as chief justice to the state’s judges. But it’s an open secret that he may have an interest in politics, possibly the governor’s office.

He ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2006 and 2010, but a poll last fall showed him to be the favorite among Republicans in 2018.

The chief justice fell under political attack over the court’s handling of the “gay marriage” fight, and the state’s judicial processes removed him from office. He essentially was suspended for life for advising state judges that despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage ruling, the status of marriage in Alabama was still unresolved because of an ongoing case.

Yellowhammer News reported Moore’s huge support among Alabama Republicans.

“The Alabama Forestry Association, one of the state’s most influential conservative groups, commissioned a survey of 600 likely Republican primary voters and found that Moore’s sky-high name recognition makes him the GOP’s current top choice for governor in 2018 in what promises to be a crowded field,” the report said.

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The report said 28 percent favored Moore and 24 percent were undecided. Sen. Luther Strange, who succeeded Jeff Sessions, got 9 percent and another handful each drew support in the single digits.

The report said Moore was viewed favorably by 58 percent of the respondents, unfavorably by 29 percent and 11 percent had no opinion.

It was the Alabama Supreme Court’s handling of a case that began before the U.S. Supreme Court’s creation of same-sex “marriage” that created a conflict.

After the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the state court ordered motions for its pending Alabama Policy Institute case. Before the federal court ruled, the state court said that the state constitution and state law defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

After the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the state court accepted arguments but then took months to issue a decision. It dismissed pending motions in the case but also pointedly left its original orders unchanged.

In the interim, Moore had advised through an administrative order to probate judges – who issue marriage licenses in the state – that the court still was deliberating, meaning the previous orders were still in effect.

He has explained that he tried unsuccessfully to get the court to assemble and rule on the matter several times.

Consequently, the pro-homosexual Southern Poverty Law Center, which had publicly opposed to Moore’s politics, filed an ethics complaint with the Judicial Inquiry Commission, which referred several charges regarding his administrative order to the Court of the Judiciary.

State officials then hired a former SPLC staffer to work on the case against Moore, even though he explained, “The sole purpose of the administrative order in question was to inform the probate judges that six months after the briefing order, the court still remained in deliberation on the matter and that, therefore, the API orders continued in effect pending ‘further decision.'”

The charges against Moore, however, are part of a larger offensive by SPLC and JIC against conservative justices in Alabama, critics contend.

WND had just reported that Justice Tom Parker also had sued because SPLC filed a complaint with the JIC in an attempt to restrict his free speech, which is protected by the U.S. Constitution.

Parker’s case and others, suggested SPLC, which has been linked in a federal court case to domestic terrorism and earlier smeared GOP presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson by putting him on its “thoroughly disgusting list of ‘haters,'” is working with the JIC to injure conservatives.

SPLC and the JIC are attempting “to intimidate, silence, and punish Justice Parker for his originalist judicial philosophy and protected speech,” Parker’s case claimed.

The governor’s race recently was upset in Alabama by the resignation of Robert Bentley in a marriage-cheating scandal. His replacement is Gov. Kay Ivey.

When the Alabama courts system announced affirmation of the decision to take Moore off the court bench, he stated: “This case was a politically motivated effort by the Judicial Inquiry Commission and certain homosexual and transgender groups to remove me from office because of my steadfast opposition to same-sex marriage. Their effort failed and, although suspended, I remain Chief Justice.

“After my suspension from office, even the federal court in Mobile agreed with the legal basis for my administrative order to the probate judges of this state. I have done my duty under the laws of this State to stand for the undeniable truth that God ordained marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Mere human judges have no authority to say otherwise.

“While I remain chief justice, I have been given the longest suspension ever received by a judge in the history of this State, nearly two years and four months without pay. I consider this sentence to be illegal and a clear disregard of the will of the voters who elected me to this position.”

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He said: “Today’s decision will hurt me financially or compel my retirement to provide for my family. But God is faithful and the ultimate judge. He will direct my paths.”

Moore turned aside several reporters’ questions about whether this meant he would retire, move on, or go another direction. To WND and Liberty Counsel, which have been representing Moore, he said he will make an announcement about his plans next week.

Mat Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel, said the case – and this week’s decision – was a tragedy.

“For the first time in the history of Alabama, a justice has been disciplined for issuing an administrative order. Under this system, no judge is safe to issue orders or render dissents. The system has to change, and politics should be removed from judicial decision making and disciplinary actions.”

He pointed out the Court of the Judiciary “admitted it did not have a unanimous vote to remove” Moore from office, “so the COJ suspended him for life” instead.

He said the rules were broken first by the Judicial Inquiry Commission in its handling of the complaint against Moore, and then a court review of that rule-breaking found no problem.

“The JIC and the COJ can apparently now violate their own rules and second-guess a judge’s judicial order to remove him from the bench for life. Some people may applaud today’s decision because they oppose Chief Justice Moore. Many will be saddened by this opinion. No one is a winner today. Neither the people of Alabama, and especially its judges, should take comfort. The system needs to be fixed,” said Staver.

As soon as Moore’s suspension was announced earlier, court officials fired his staff.

In defense of Moore, Liberty Counsel contended the basis of SPLC’s attack on Moore is nothing but his personal stance on marriage.

SPLC has a long history of unrelenting attacks on anyone who fails to toe its line of support for homosexuality and same-sex “marriage.” The organization, in pursuit of that agenda, last year had to backtrack when it labeled Dr. Ben Carson, former GOP presidential candidate and one of the most admired men in America, as a “hater” because of his views on marriage.

All six of the charges against Moore stem from his administrative order that, Liberty Counsel said, “merely advised probate judges that the prior Alabama Supreme Court orders from 2015 remained in effect while the court was reviewing the matter.”

The JIC had claimed Moore’s order “directed the probate judges to violate federal court rulings,” but Liberty quoted from its text, where Moore said: “I am not at liberty to provide any guidance to the Alabama probate judges on the effect of Obergefell on the existing orders of the Alabama Supreme Court. That issue remains before the entire court which continues to deliberate on the matter.”

Liberty Counsel, which also has been a target of SPLC attacks, said in a report last fall that by “falsely and recklessly labeling Christian ministries as ‘hate groups,’ the SPLC is directly responsible for the case of a man who intended to commit mass murder targeted against a policy organization in Washington, D.C.”

“On August 15, 2012, Floyd Corkins went to the Family Research Council with a gun and a bag filled with ammunition and Chick-fil-A sandwiches. His stated purpose was to kill as many employees of the Family Research Council as possible and then to smear Chick-fil-A sandwiches in their faces (because the founder of the food chain said he believed in marriage as a man and a woman). Fortunately, Mr. Corkins was stopped by the security guard, who was shot in the process. Corkins is now serving time in prison. Mr. Corkins admitted to the court that he learned of the Family Research Council by reading the SPLC’s hate map.”

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