UPDATE 1:30 p.m.: Suspended Alabama Chief Justice and gay marriage opponent Roy Moore says he is running for U.S. Senate.
The outspoken conservative announced Wednesday he will seek the Senate seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The fiery Republican jurist joins what’s expected to be a crowded GOP primary field in the Aug. 15 primary.
A state judicial discipline panel in September permanently suspended Moore. The panel said Moore had urged state probate judges to defy federal court rulings that said that gays and lesbians have a fundamental right to marry. The Alabama Supreme Court upheld his suspension. Moore denied he did anything wrong.
Moore was also removed as chief justice in 2003 for disobeying a federal judge’s order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state’s judicial building.
Moore announced Wednesday that he has submitted his papers to resign from the Alabama Supreme Court.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is preparing to announce his plans for the future.
Moore has scheduled a Wednesday afternoon press conference on the steps of the Alabama Capitol steps to announce his plans.
Speculation has swirled that Moore might run for another office, such as this year’s race for U.S. Senate or the governor’s race in 2018.
Asked about those races in a press conference last week, Moore said he would make a decision after discussions with his family.
A judicial discipline panel in September suspended Moore from the bench after ruling that he urged state probate judges to defy the federal court rulings saying that gays and lesbians have a fundamental right to marry.
The Alabama Supreme Court upheld his suspension.