Roy Moore edged out Luther Strange in the Alabama Republican Senate primary and will now face Democrat Doug Jones in the December 12 general election.
Moore’s certainly made no friends in the LGBT community: He was actually suspended as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court (for the second time) because he instructed judges to continue enforcing the state’s same-sex marriage ban months after Obergefell v. Hodges.
-blocked marriage equality
-said he's "akin" to Putin on LGBTQ rights
-supports outlawing homosexuality
— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) September 28, 2017
But that’s just the tip of Roy Moore’s homophobic iceberg. Below, check out seven insaneballs things Moore has said about us.
Same-sex marriage will destroy America.Scott Barbour/Getty Images
“I think there’s an attempt to destroy the institution of marriage and I think it will cause, literally cause the destruction of our country or lead to the destruction of our country over the long run,” he told CBN News. “And I think there are people who would like to see this country destroyed.”
“I’m not saying that everyone who’s homosexual wants to see the country destroyed,” he clarified. “I’m not saying that. I’m saying there’s a push for it.”
Marriage equality will lead to polygamy.
“You’re taking any definition of a family away,” he told the AP in 2015. “When two bisexuals or two transgendered marry, how large is that family? Can they marry two persons, one of the same sex and one of the opposite sex? Then, you’ve got a family of four or how many?”
Gay sex should be illegal.
In 2005, Moore went on C-SPAN2 to promote his book, So Help Me God, and voiced his opposition to Lawrence v. Texas, the 2003 Supreme Court case that struck down sodomy laws nationwide: “Homosexual conduct should be illegal. It is immoral.”
When commentator Bill Press asked Moore if he thought the biblical punishment for homosexuality—the death penalty—should be enforced, Moore punted, stating: “I’m not here to outline punishments for sodomy.”
Homosexuality is like having sex with a cow.
In the same C-SPAN interview, Moore argued there’s no right to privacy.
“Just because it’s done behind closed doors, it can still be prohibited by state law,” Moore responded. “Do you know that bestiality, the relationship between man and beast, is prohibited in every state? Do you know that?”
“Did I ask you about having sex with a cow?” Press asked “Or a horse? Or a dog?”
“No, you didn’t, but it’s the same thing. It is a moral precept upon which this country was founded.”
Gay people shouldn’t be allowed to have children.George Frey/Getty Images
In a 2002 custody dispute, Moore ruled in favor of an allegedly abusive father because his ex-wife was now a lesbian.
“Homosexual behavior is crime against nature, an inherent evil, and an act so heinous that it defies one’s ability to describe it,” he declared in his opinion, concluding that homosexuality alone “would render him or her an unfit parent.”
Vladimir Putin has the right idea about gay people.
When an interviewer pointed out to Moore that his arguments on LGBT rights were the same as those of the Russian leader, he replied, “Well, maybe Putin is right… Maybe he’s more akin to me than I know.”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg should be impeached.Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Moore said the Notorious RBG lacked “judicial ethics” because she heard arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges even though she had performed a same-sex wedding. (Of course, by that standard no judge who has officiated any wedding could rule on same-sex marriage.)
The Foundation for Moral Law, an organization founded by Moore and now run his wife Kayla, filed a motion for Ginsburg to be recused in Obergefel v. Hodges.
“Now she’s commenting on a case which is before her and under the judicial ethics of federal judges she can’t do that,” he told the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins. “If Congress is going to let these justices disobey the Constitution they’re sworn to uphold… Congress has a check and a balance, and that’s impeachment.”