....for refusing to knuckle under to the Gaystapo's nuclear war on evangelical Christians and the divinely ordained institution of marriage.
Natch. Because that's what's considered "unethical" in 2016:
Alabama's Supreme Court Chief Justice was suspended on Friday as he faces possible removal from the bench for ordering State probate judges not to grant "marriage" licenses to [homosexual] "couples", despite contrary rulings by a federal court and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Which, constitutionally speaking, are irrelevant to and have no legal authority over the Alabama State court system, but do have power over it through the Marbury v. Madison-derived "judicial review" tyranny.
The Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission charged Chief Justice Roy Moore, an outspoken opponent of [homosexual] "unions", with violating the State's judicial ethics laws, an allegation that could potentially remove him from office, according to news website AL.com.
"Chief Justice Moore flagrantly disregarded and abused his authority," the complaint said. "Moore knowingly ordered [probate judges] to commit violations...knowingly subjecting them to potential prosecution and removal from office."
Actually, Chief Justice Moore conscientiously, courageously, and legitimately exercised his authority as a State Chief Justice. Which he never tires of reasserting and pointing out:
Moore said in a statement that the commission has no authority over administrative orders or the court's ability to prohibit probate judges from issuing [homosexual] "marriage" licenses.
"We intend to fight this agenda vigorously and expect to prevail," he said.
Well, he's half-right on that one.
Moore wrote in his order that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling was at odds with a decision in March 2015 by the Alabama Supreme Court that instructed probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to [homosexual] "couples". [emphasis added]
Precisely. States have original authority, and Article III of the U.S. Constitution does not give the SCOTUS the power to dictate decisions to the States. So in this instance, the federal courts are, constitutionally speaking, irrelevant, and the SCOA decision stands.
Chief Justice Moore, in other words, is right. But it won't save him, and he will be removed. Just like he was back in 2003 when he defied an unconstitutional federal court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama Supreme Court building.
But he returned to his post in 2012. And I imagine he'll be back after this stand, much like Peter and John after defying the Sanhedrin:
“What shall we do with these men? For the fact that a noteworthy miracle has taken place through them is apparent to all who live in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. But so that it will not spread any further among the people, let us warn them to speak no longer to any man in this name.” And when they had summoned them, they commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.”