A man who lost his lesbian daughter to suicide protested outside a Roy Moore rally Monday night, claiming the Senate candidate called his child a “pervert.”
Nathan Mathis, a 74-year-old peanut farmer, held a one-man counterdemonstration outside an event for the GOP Senate candidate in Midland City, Alabama. “Judge Roy Moore called my daughter Patti Sue Mathis a pervert because she was gay,” his sign read. “A 32-year-old Roy Moore dated teenage girls ages 14 to 17. So that makes him a pervert of the worst kind. Please don’t vote for Roy Moore!”
Nathan Mathis is here outside the Moore event. He tells me his daughter committed suicide and says Roy Moore called her a pervert because she was gay. “My sign says it all,” he said. pic.twitter.com/5qZnM0IyNJ
— Andrew Desiderio (@desiderioDC) December 11, 2017
In video posted to Twitter, Mathis showed reporters a photo of his daughter, who died at 23, and said, “If [Moore] called her a pervert, he called your child a pervert if she was gay, or your son was gay. This is something people need to stop and think about.”
Father, who says he's a local peanut farmer in Wicksburg, outside Roy Moore rally talks about losing his gay daughter at age of 23 to suicide. "I was anti-gay myself. I said bad things to my daughter, which I regret." pic.twitter.com/J0oOU0EJI2
— Vaughn Hillyard (@VaughnHillyard) December 11, 2017
Moore, who has been accused of molesting several underage women is in a hotly contested runoff election today against Democrat Doug Jones. The outcome will determine whether Republicans maintain control of the Senate.
“He’s supposed to uphold the Constitution,” Mathis told reporters. “The Constitution said all men are created equal. Well, how is my daughter a pervert just cause she was gay? Does it mean she was born gay? I don’t know the answer to that. But she was gay… Somebody needs to speak up.”
Mathis admits he was homophobic himself when Patti was alive. “I said bad things to my daughter myself, which I regret. I can’t take back what happened to my daughter.”
In 2012, Matthis wrote a letter to his local paper in which he described how his views about homosexuality had changed since his daughter’s death.
“Believe what you want to,” Mathis wrote in The Dothan Eagle. “I only know that if you ever have a child or grandchild who is gay, you’ll think differently.”