- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Latest on Roy Moore’s run for US Senate. (all times local):

4:07 p.m.

A gay rights group says suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore is seeking to capitalize on the name recognition he gained “for harming LGBTQ people” in Alabama.

Eva Kendrick of the Human Rights Campaign Alabama made the statement Wednesday shortly after Moore announced he is running for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Kendrick said Moore would not serve all Alabamians as senator.

A judicial discipline panel in September suspended Moore from the bench after ruling that he urged state probate judges to defy federal court rulings that gays and lesbians have a fundamental right to marry.

The Republican primary is Aug. 15.

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1:35 p.m.

Suspended Alabama Chief Justice and gay marriage opponent Roy Moore says he is running for U.S. Senate.

The outspoken conservative announced Wednesday he will seek the Senate seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The fiery Republican jurist joins what’s expected to be a crowded GOP primary field in the Aug. 15 primary.

A state judicial discipline panel in September permanently suspended Moore. The panel said Moore had urged state probate judges to defy federal court rulings that said that gays and lesbians have a fundamental right to marry. The Alabama Supreme Court upheld his suspension. Moore denied he did anything wrong.

Moore was also removed as chief justice in 2003 for disobeying a federal judge’s order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state’s judicial building.

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7:26 a.m.

Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is preparing to announce his plans for the future.

Moore has scheduled a news conference Wednesday afternoon on the steps of the Alabama Capitol to announce his plans.

Speculation has swirled that Moore might run for another office, including this year’s race for U.S. Senate or the governor’s race in 2018.

Asked about those races in a news conference last week, Moore said he would make a decision after discussions with his family.

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