Republicans just picked the most homophobic Senate candidate in modern history
Republicans have picked the most homophobic US Senate candidate in recent history to run in Alabama.
The party this week held a primary run-off election, ahead of a vote to fill the US Senate seat vacated by Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The vote was between interim Senator Luther Strange and disgraced judge Roy Moore.
Despite a string of controversies surrounding his abhorrent views about LGBT people, Moore won a majority of the votes in the run-off, meaning he will go head-to-head with Democratic candidate Doug Jones.
Due to Alabama’s heavily-Republican electoral leaning, Jones has a steep uphill battle to stop Moore from winning the Senate seat.
Moore is now on course to become the most homophobic politician elected to office in recent US history. He has previously said that “homosexual conduct should be illegal” and compared it to bestiality.
An investigation by CNN last week revealed that Moore believes gay sex should be illegal, confirming in 2005: “Homosexual conduct should be illegal, yes.”
Moore has also compared gay sex to bestiality, saying: “Just because it’s done behind closed doors, it can still be prohibited by state law
“Do you know that bestiality, the relationship between man and beast is prohibited in every state? It’s the same thing.”
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It was also revealed that he has appeared multiple times on a radio show hosted by pastor Kevin Swanson, who is known for preaching that gay people must be stoned to death.
In a 2015 interview Moore himself refused to say whether he supports gay people being put to death.
The candidate formerly served as Alabama’s Chief Justice, but was ejected from the role after abusing his authority in a bid to block gay weddings in the state.
The disgraced justice had issued a string of orders declaring the US Supreme Court ruling on equal marriage “doesn’t apply” in Alabama due to state anti-gay laws, and ordered probate judges to enforce a gay marriage ban.
Moore fumed: “This was a politically motivated effort by radical homosexual and transgender groups to remove me as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court because of outspoken opposition to their immoral agenda.”
It was in fact because of his flagrantly illegal actions.
The special election takes place on December 12.