State Republican Executive Committee backs Chief Justice Moore amid ethics charges

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ALABAMA (WHNT) - The Alabama Republican Executive Committee overwhelmingly approved a resolution in support of Chief Justice Roy Moore.

Reverend James Henderson, of Morgan County, is on the committee and says much of his colleagues are against what he calls attacks on the chief justice.

Moore faces a possible second removal after he instructed state court judges to defy a federal court order and enforce the state's unconstitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

This all stemmed from a complaint filed by an organization.

"The Southern Poverty Law Center, a radical left organization with an agenda that undermines family values, they brought charges against Roy Moore," said Rev. Henderson.

Charges he says are unfounded. Reverend Henderson went on to say the Judicial Inquiry Commission is 'wrong for even entertaining the charges.'

"[Moore] is standing for something that, from the beginning of time, if there's such a thing, is correct: that marriage is between one man and one woman," said Rev. Henderson.  "That had not been challenged until recent times."

He says putting the state party's weight behind Moore is a moral victory.

"[Moore has] been suspended temporarily until this is resolved," he explained. "Some of [the committee members] consider that punitive in itself. I believe that he's always taken a strong more stand and also, as a judge, I believe he's always gone strictly by the constitution."

If the court finds him guilty, he could be permanently removed from office, though the court could levy lesser sanctions.

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