Suspended Alabama Chief Justice and gay marriage opponent Roy Moore announced Wednesday he is running for U.S. Senate.
The fiery Republican jurist, who was suspended from the bench on accusations that he urged defiance of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing gays and lesbians to marry, said he will seek the Senate seat previously held by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. He made the announcement in a news conference on the steps of the Alabama Capitol.
Moore told supporters he believes in the vision of President Donald Trump
“We can make America great again, we’ve got to make America good again,”Moore said.
He charged that families are being destroyed by divorce and the US Supreme Court has destroyed the institution of marriage.
Moore made the announcement surrounded by about two dozen supporters who waved American flags, a Christian flag and signs from Moore’s past campaigns.
He is joining what’s expected to be a crowded GOP primary field in the Aug. 15 primary.
Moore has twice won statewide elections for chief justice, and twice been removed from those duties by a judicial discipline panel. His other election bids have fallen flat, including in 2010 when he finished fourth in the Republican primary candidate for governor.