Roy Moore, the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, was suspended on Friday for opposing the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which struck down state laws defining marriage as the union between one man and one woman.
The Alabama Judiciary Inquiry Commission levied six charges against Mr. Moore, alleging he violated ethical rules by attempting to stop probate judges from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The complaint prompted an immediate suspension, and the chief justice now faces a potential hearing before the Alabama Court of the Judiciary.
Mr. Moore on Friday said the JIC has no authority to levy the charges.
“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 judges from issuing same-sex marriage licenses,” Mr. Moore said in a statement.