A senior judge has been suspended over he told local judges not to grant marriage licenses to gay couples. Roy Moore, Chief Justice in Alabama’s Supreme Court, is an outspoken critic of same-sex marriages and is accused of violating the state’s ethics laws by the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission. Moore faces charges before the Alabama Court of the Judiciary and a potential removal from office.

The US Supreme Court ruled in June 2015 that gay couples had the right to marry under the US constitution. After this decision, last year a federal judge ruled same-sex marriage was legal in Alabama. Despite these two rulings, Moore issued an administrative order to state probate judges that they should not issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples. READ MORE