Editorial: Judge Roy Moore 'suspended', not 'removed'

Editorial: Judge Roy Moore 'suspended', not 'removed'

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Chief Justice Roy Moore was suspended for the remainder of his term nine months after instructing Alabama's probate judges to defy federal court orders on same-sex marriage.

The story made headlines around the country and even around the world.

Many would say, "Who cares what others think? We are Alabama. All that matters is what we think, and many think Judge Moore is in the right."

I will tell you one person who cares, Judge Moore.

This is publicity, and politicians crave publicity. While Judge Moore is a judge today he will be a politician tomorrow, and taking a stand for the religious base in this state will equate to votes when he runs for Governor down the road.

I think that there is even more to this than that.

Judge Moore was suspended and not removed. There is a very big difference between the two. Removed, and he is free to run for office. Suspended, and he is not.

Removed, and Governor Bentley can replace him. Suspended, and he cannot.

By all logic, based on the evidence and the conclusions, Judge Moore should have been removed but some judges voted against removal and unanimously for suspension. Why?

In the end Alabama is in the news for all the wrong reasons. The stance against gay marriage is an impossible one to win, and Judge Moore knew that when he sent that edict to the probate judges nine short months ago.

Maybe he was looking for a different kind of win.

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