Prayer Service Being Held Before Roy Moore Trial

Posted October 01, 2016

At issue in the current case is a January 6 administrative order in which Moore stated Alabama's 68 probate judges had "a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage licenses contrary to" the state's ban on same-sex marriage until the Alabama Supreme Court clarified the relationship between state law and the U.S. Supreme Court's decision legalizing same-sex marriage. Closing statements finished around 2:30 p.m. The nine-member court has 10 days to rule.

"...but what you can't do is defy the law of the land".

Moore stands accused during a season of political upheaval Alabama. The U.S. Supreme Court had ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that came-sex couples could marry in all 50 states and a federal judge had enjoined probate judges from enforcing Alabama's same-sex marriage ban, he said.

In his order from January 2016, Moore argued that the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell only applied to the four states whose same-sex marriage bans were directly challenged in that case - Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee - not to every state in the country.

Testifying under oath, Moore called the accusations of him abusing his position "ridiculous". He testified states that weren't party to the lawsuit that led to the Obergefell decision, like Alabama, had to update their own laws, and he was seeking to clear up confusion for the state's probate judges.

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore at a news conference in Montgomery, Ala., on August 8, 2016. In 2003, Moore was removed for defying a court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state court building.

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Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore gets a standing ovation from supporters as he arrives for his ethics trial before the Alabama Court of the Judiciary at the Alabama Judicial Building in Montgomery, Ala., on Wednesday Sept. 28, 2016.

With Moore's trial for ethics charges completed, the heads of each of the three branches of Alabama's state government have now undergone serious legal proceedings within the past six months.

Moore was re-elected after being removed from the bench 13 years ago for defying federal court orders to remove a Ten Commandments statue.

"His administrative order mandated that the probate judges obey a state court injunction that was in direct conflict with a federal court injunction", Carroll said.

Moore has never until now tried to deny the root of his actions.

Staver said Moore defended himself in his testimony today, going through, point-by-point, the charges brought against him.

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Moore's lawyer, Mat Staver, told the court that Moore's order was merely a "status report" that "did not order them to disobey anything".

"This is a politically motivated complaint", Staver says.

He added that the process of being charged and suspended from his job has been punishment enough for Moore.

"We know that equality is a family value and that Alabama is a better place for everyone when all of its citizens are equally protected under the law", Searcy said. "He has attempted to upset federal authorities".

But Moore's repeated clashes with the law signals his bigger fight for religious rights over laws - and an assertion of some states' interests in Washington, at a time when some Southerners say there's a disconnect.

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