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Alabama judge ousted over anti-gay marriage order

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>> Did you defy any Federal court orders in this case?>> I would not defy the Federal court order, I ruled in accordance with the law.>> He's one of America's most controversial judges and outspoken opponents of same sex marriage. And on Friday, Alabama Supreme Court Judge, Roy Moore was suspended effective immediately.
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For ordering probate judges to refuse marriage licenses to same sex couples back in January. The state's Judiciary Court saying in a ruling it found clear and convincing evidence that Moore violated judicial ethics.>> The Chief Justice is guilty.>> Reuters correspondent, Letitia Stein, has been covering the trial.
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>> Roy Moore sent a letter after this ruling in January to Probate Court Judges, many widely saw his letter as telling them to withhold marriage licenses to same sex couples. Moore, however, said during a trial on Wednesday, that he was merely issuing a status update, amid confusion, from conflicting state and federal court rulings.
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But a state judicial panel today in Alabama found that his actions were in violation of judicial ethics. And essentially that he had been trying to defy the Federal Courts.>> This is not Moore's first rodeo in Judiciary Court fighting ethics charges. In 2003 he was removed from the bench for defying a Federal Order to take down the 10 Commandments monument that he himself had installed in the States Court House.
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But voters in Alabama reelected him as Chief Justice in 2012. Friday's ruling noted the pattern of disregard for Federal Law. Moore's attorney said in a statement that he planned to appeal the decision.