A bill that would increase the “maximum age for election or appointment to judicial office increased to 75” will be introduced when the 2015 Alabama Legislative Session begins on March 3.
In short, the bill would allow for current Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore to run for re-election. As dictated by the state’s constitution, the current age limit for election to a judicial office is 70 years old.
Moore is 68 and was re-elected to the bench in 2012 to a six-year term, almost a full decade after he was removed from office for defying a federal court order.
That order stated that Moore had to remove a two-and-a-half ton Ten Commandments monument that he installed soon after his first election. He defied the order and was promptly removed from office.
Moore went nine years without the title of chief justice but assumed the high office again in 2013.
Controversy found Moore again recently as he emerged as a strong opponent of gay marriage. After a federal judge struck down the state’s ban on gay marriage, Moore ordered the state’s probate judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
As with his Ten Commandments stand, Moore made national headlines for defiance. He went so far as to state that if the United States Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage, that it would “bind state courts.”
Moore’s reign will end in 2018 because of his age. This shall serve as his last term.
But Senator Tom Whatley (R – Auburn) wants to change that. According to multiple reports, this may serve as a modifier to dissuade Moore from running for governor, for a third time, in 2018.
When he ran for governor in 2010, Moore said that his public displays of defending Christian faith would be the bedrock of his campaign. In doing so, he lost the Republican primary and came in fourth place.
Whatley’s bill currently sits in the Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee.