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In this April 27, 2016, file photo, Roy Moore, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, speaks during a news conference at the Judicial Building in Montgomery, Ala. Moore was suspended from office Friday, May 6, and faces possible ouster over his attempts to block gay marriage following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex unions.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Alabama Republican Party has passed a resolution to support suspended state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.

Alabama GOP officials said in a statement Monday that the party passed a resolution in opposition to Moore's potential removal from office.

A Judicial Inquiry Committee complaint against Moore stems from a January order he sent to probate judges saying an Alabama court order banning same-sex marriage remained in place despite a U.S. Supreme Court decision effectively legalizing gay marriage.

The resolution asks lawmakers to pass legislation preventing the removal of statewide elected officials unless done so by the Legislature, where Republicans have a supermajority in both chambers.

The judicial ethics panel in 2003 removed Moore for disobeying a court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building.

 

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