Gay marriage “even worse” than slavery, says GOP Senate hopeful Roy Moore
Alabama Senate Candidate Roy Moore Displayed Startling Hatred For Gay Marriage
The race in Alabama to replace now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the Senate is just seven weeks away from completion. And as time winds down on the match up between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones, the mountain of controversy surrounding the GOP candidate continues to grow. This time, another recording of Moore has surfaced illustrating his bigoted views on gay marriage.
Talking Points Memo first reported the audio clip that was highlighted by Democratic PAC American Bridge. In the clip from a podcast recorded last year, Moore addresses the decision made by the Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage and basically calls it the worst decision ever made. As transcribed by TPM (full audio clip below):
“In 1857 the United States Supreme Court did rule that black people were property. 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 or leading on, as one of the dissenting justices said, to polygamy, to multi-partner marriages,” Moore said…shortly after he was suspended without pay from the court.
Polls have typically shown Moore to be leading the race by just under ten points. But a Fox News poll from last week had the contenders tied at 42 percent each leading into the December 12th special election in Alabama.
Democrats see a potential opening and are hoping to pull off the upset of the Republican, who was not supported by Donald Trump in the primary but now enjoys his blessing. Alabama has not elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1986 when current Senator Richard Shelby won before later changing parties in 1994.
Roy Moore has made similar statements in the past regarding gay marriage and Supreme Court decisions of the 19th century. He had previously suggest the decision was “exactly like” the decision upholding slavery. The Republican had also likened himself to Russian leader Vladimir Putin and called America “evil” over the same-sex ruling.
Calling Republican Senate hopeful Roy Moore a controversial figure at this point is a colossal understatement. But despite his many bigoted positions on the LGBTQ community and others unlike himself, he still appears to have a good chance to replace Jeff Sessions in the Senate.
After an outdated system put Donald Trump in the White House, we shouldn’t be surprised to see a man with outdated and discriminatory views on his way to the Senate.
— American Bridge (@American_Bridge) October 20, 2017
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