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Lieutenant gov. issues statement supporting suspended chief justice

(Source: Kay Ivey's official Facebook page) (Source: Kay Ivey's official Facebook page)
MONTGOMERY, AL (WAFF) -

Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey issued a statement on charges the Judicial Inquiry Commission filed against Chief Justice Roy Moore.

In the statement Ivey states:

I am deeply concerned by the charges the Judicial Inquiry Commission filed against Chief Justice Roy Moore.  It is my understanding Alabama is the only state suspending a Judge while a complaint is considered by the Court of the Judiciary. The rule of law and due process are concepts fundamental to our legal system. I hope the Court of the Judiciary will act quickly. In this interim, I’m thankful that Alabama has public servants like Justice Lyn Stuart to keep our courts on track during this difficult time. Currently, there are clouds hanging over all three branches of state government.  As a result, the World is watching – all eyes are on the State of Alabama, for the wrong reasons.  I continue to pray for our State and believe our best days are ahead of us - I believe in Alabama, its people and the rule of law.

When contacted for clarification, a spokesperson for the lieutenant governor says Ivey issued the statement in defense of Justice Moore.

MORE: Ala. Judicial Inquiry Commission files ethics charges against Ala. Chief Justice Roy Moore

The ethics complaint centers around Moore's order that probate court judges not issue marriage license to same-sex couples. The complaint states in part that Moore has failed his duty to acknowledge the authority of the federal court.

“The Judicial Inquiry Commission has no authority over the Administrative Orders of the Chief Justice of Alabama or the legal injunction of the Alabama Supreme Court prohibiting probate judges from issuing same-sex marriage licenses. We intend to fight this agenda vigorously and expect to prevail,” said Chief Justice Moore.

Moore released this statement on his Facebook page:

The Judicial Inquiry Commission has no authority over the Administrative Orders of the Chief Justice of Alabama or the legal injunction of the Alabama Supreme Court prohibiting probate judges from issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

The JIC has chosen to listen to people like Ambrosia Starling, a professed transvestite, and other gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals, as well as organizations which support their agenda.

We intend to fight this agenda vigorously and expect to prevail.

Several groups filed an ethics complaint against Moore in January.

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