Protesters Rally at Hearing for Justice Roy Moore

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A court is considering whether suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore should lose his job for an order on gay marriage.

The Alabama Court of the Judiciary held a hearing Monday on judicial investigators’ request to remove Moore from office.

Moore denies any wrongdoing and is asking the court to dismiss administrative charges filed earlier this year.

Moore is accused of violating court ethics with an administrative order to state probate judges saying Alabama laws against same-sex marriage remained in effect after the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage.

Investigators with the Judicial Inquiry Commission are asking the court to oust Moore without a trial, but Moore opposes the request. The Court of the Judiciary says it will issue a decision in the coming days.

Both supporters and opponents of Moore rallied outside the state judicial building. Some are carrying signs saying “Judge Moore is Right” and “Sodomy Ruins Nations.” One man waved a Christian flag with a red cross on it.

About 100 demonstrators who back Moore listened to speakers decrying homosexuality. Loudspeakers amplified Christian music across the state capital.

A smaller group of Moore opponents also gathered nearby, accusing the judge of trying to violate the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that effectively legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

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