Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore faces removal from office for opposing gay marriage.
Moore issued an order banning same-sex marriage in Alabama after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized the practice last year.
The Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission filed ethics charges against Moore, claiming he abused his power and disrespected the judiciary.
“The Judicial Inquiry Commission has no authority over the Administrative Orders of the Chief Justice of Alabama or the legal injunction of the Alabama Supreme Court prohibiting judges from issuing same-sex marriage licenses,” Moore said in a statement.
Chief Justice Moore has been automatically suspended from the bench and faces permanent removal if he is found guilty.