As Roy Moore prepares to face Democrat Doug Jones for a seat on the Alabama Senate, new information continues to surface that highlights his intense anti-LGBT views.
Talking Points Memo reports that, in a 2016 podcast, Moore said that the Supreme Court’s 1857 Dred Scott decision, which upheld slavery and declared black people could not be citizens, was a better ruling than its 2015 decision to bring marriage equality to all 50 states.
“In 1857, the United States Supreme Court did rule that black people were property,” Moore said. “And of course that contradicted the Constitution and it took a civil war to overturn it. But this ruling in Obergefell is even worse, in a sense because it forces not only people to recognize marriage other than the institution ordained of God and recognized by nearly every state in the union, it says that you now must do away with the definition of marriage and make it between two persons of the same gender.”
The comments are not surprising, as Moore has a long history of using hateful rhetoric to describe LGBT people: Moore was removed from the Alabama Supreme Court in 2015 after ordering state judges to continue enforcing the state’s ban on same-sex marriage even after Obergefell.