Ivey announced the appointment Wednesday after Roy Moore resigned to run for U.S. Senate. The state Supreme Court Chief Justice, who has been suspended until the end of his term after he instructed all state probate judges to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples months after the Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell, also said he will resign from the high court.
Asked about those races in a press conference last week, Moore said he would make a decision after discussions with his family.
As previously reported, in March 2015, six of the nine judges of the Alabama Supreme Court released a historic order halting the issuance of same-sex "marriage" licenses in the state.
Moore is seeking the Senate seat vacated by former U.S. Sen.
His announcement was met with applause and "amen". "Our sacred institution of marriage has been destroyed by the Supreme Court. I stood up for the Constitution", Moore said. The party primaries will be held August 15, with a runoff, if necessary, set for September 26, and the general election will be December 12.
My co-blogger Steven Taylor is in better touch with the pulse of Alabama's voters than I am, since he remains in the state and I've been living in Virginia the past fourteen-plus years. In 2003, he was removed from the bench for refusing to remove a statue of the Ten Commandments from the Alabama Supreme Court's rotunda. After running unsuccessfully for governor in 2006 and 2010, Moore regained his old seat on the state's top court in 2012, but was suspended a year ago after ordering the state's probate judges to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
"I know and I think you do too that the foundations of the fabric of our country are being shaken tremendously", Moore said.
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Stuart is the second woman to become Alabama Chief Justice.
This isn't the first time Moore lost his job on the Alabama Supreme Court.
He was suspended after encouraging lower-court judges to ignore a U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. He called the order unlawful, saying he had a right to "acknowledge God".
The GOP Senate field includes incumbent Luther Strange; Rep. Ed Henry, R-Hartselle and former Christian Coalition of Alabama chairman Randy Brinson.
Moore argued during his September 2016 trial that he had not issued any orders, but only a status update as the Alabama Supreme Court had not rescinded its previous order following Obergefell.
Moore has twice won statewide elections for chief justice, and twice been removed from those duties.
Moore said he had no regrets about his former stances. In a statement distributed after his public remarks Wednesday, Moore said the United States was "founded on the firm rock of conservative Christian values". In 2010 he finished fourth in the Republican primary candidate for governor.