Alabama

Alabama drag queen is suspended chief justice's nightmare

  • In this photo taken Jan. 12, 2016, Ambrosia Starling speaks to a crowd during a rally against Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore outside the Alabama Supreme Court building in Montgomery, Ala.   Moore has called out Starling twice by name in recent days while defending himself against civil charges of violating judicial canons with his opposition to same-sex marriage. That’s just fine with Starling. “If it takes a drag queen to remind you that liberty and justice is for all, here I am,” said Starling. (Albert Cesare/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)  NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT

    In this photo taken Jan. 12, 2016, Ambrosia Starling speaks to a crowd during a rally against Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore outside the Alabama Supreme Court building in Montgomery, Ala. Moore has called out Starling twice by name in recent days while defending himself against civil charges of violating judicial canons with his opposition to same-sex marriage. That’s just fine with Starling. “If it takes a drag queen to remind you that liberty and justice is for all, here I am,” said Starling. (Albert Cesare/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken Jan. 12, 2016, Ambrosia Starling speaks to a crowd during a rally against Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore outside the Alabama Supreme Court building in Montgomery, Ala.   Moore has called out Starling twice by name in recent days while defending himself against civil charges of violating judicial canons with his opposition to same-sex marriage. That’s just fine with Starling. “If it takes a drag queen to remind you that liberty and justice is for all, here I am,” said Starling. (Albert Cesare/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)  NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT

    In this photo taken Jan. 12, 2016, Ambrosia Starling speaks to a crowd during a rally against Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore outside the Alabama Supreme Court building in Montgomery, Ala. Moore has called out Starling twice by name in recent days while defending himself against civil charges of violating judicial canons with his opposition to same-sex marriage. That’s just fine with Starling. “If it takes a drag queen to remind you that liberty and justice is for all, here I am,” said Starling. (Albert Cesare/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this April 27, 2016, file photo, Roy Moore, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, speaks during a news conference at the Judicial Building in Montgomery, Ala. Moore has called out Ambrosia Starling twice by name in recent days while defending himself against civil charges of violating judicial canons with his opposition to same-sex marriage. That’s just fine with Starling. “If it takes a drag queen to remind you that liberty and justice is for all, here I am,” said Starling.  (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)  NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT

    FILE - In this April 27, 2016, file photo, Roy Moore, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, speaks during a news conference at the Judicial Building in Montgomery, Ala. Moore has called out Ambrosia Starling twice by name in recent days while defending himself against civil charges of violating judicial canons with his opposition to same-sex marriage. That’s just fine with Starling. “If it takes a drag queen to remind you that liberty and justice is for all, here I am,” said Starling. (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

A small-town drag queen who goes by the name Ambrosia Starling is the new worst nightmare of suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore.

Moore has called out Starling of Dothan twice by name recently while defending himself against allegations of violating judicial canons with his opposition to same-sex marriage. Moore cites the cross-dressing entertainer as a reason he's at risk of losing his job for the second time since 2003.

That's fine with Starling, who helped lead an anti-Moore rally on the steps of the Alabama Supreme Court building in January. Opponents that day filled out more than 40 complaints against Moore, who already faced other complaints. He could be removed from office if he is found to have violated judicial ethics.

Moore calls the charges unfounded and politically motivated.