It would be hard to find a politician with a worse track record on civil rights than Jeff Sessions, but it appears the Republican primary voters in Alabama were up to the task: Roy S. Moore, the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, managed to best his establishment-backed rival, Luther Strange, in a special primary runoff this past Tuesday to replace Jeff Sessions' seat in the Senate. Who is Roy Moore, you ask? Let's just say he'd be right at home in the Handmaid's Tale. Check out the 6 top horrifying things "Ofroy" has done or said on the subject of LGBTQ rights below. We're pretty speechless by the thought of this man in the Senate, so we've enlisted the help of some of our fav queens from Drag Race to help us properly express our feelings:
He Thinks Homosexuality Should Be Illegal
Earlier this week, CNN reported that, following the 2003 Supreme Court decision, Lawrence v. Texas, that struck down sodomy laws across the country, Roy Moore commented in an interview that he believed "homosexual conduct should be illegal, yes."
He Thinks LGBTQ People Are Unfit to Be Parents
While Chief Justice of Alabama's Supreme Court, Roy Moore ruled against a women in a custody battle because she had come out as a lesbian. While this alone is horrific, the woman's ex-husband, who Moore ruled in favor of, was reportedly abusive. "Homosexual behavior is crime against nature, an inherent evil, and an act so heinous that it defies one's ability to describe it," he wrote in his opinion that sounds like it's from the Victorian era.
He Refused to Enforce Gay Marriage
When the Supreme Court found a constitutional right to same-sex marriage in 2015, Robert Moore ordered state judges to defy the higher court's ruling and to continue enforcing Alabama's state ban on same-sex. This move resulted in the state's Court of the Judiciary suspending him for the rest of his term. (Moore had been removed from his seat by the same ethics body nearly a decade earlier for refusing to remove a monument to the ten commandments from the court.)
He's Equated Homosexuality with Beastiality
"Just because it's done behind closed doors, it can still be prohibited by state law," Moore said in an interview in 2005 with Bill Press on CSPAN2. "Do you know that bestiality, the relationship between man and beast is prohibited in every state?" He continued.
"Did I ask you about having sex with a cow?" Press asked him.
"It's the same thing," Moore says.
He Doesn't Think LGBTQ People Are Fit to Serve Our Country
In an op ed published by The Washington Times in 2006, Moore claimed that Republicans lost seats in that year's midterm election because of President George W. Bush's decision to nominate Mark Dybul, an "admitted homosexual," to be US Global AIDS coordinator an "open affront to Christian principles."
He Hopes to Overturn Gay Marriage
IN 2014, while serving his second term as chief justice of Alabama, Moore wrote letters to the governors of all 50 states asking them to support a constitutional convention in order to define marriage as being between "one man and one woman." If he becomes Senator, we can expect anti-LGBTQ legislation targeting marriage among other rights.
And now meet Doug Jones...
We would literally rather see a flaming bag of garbage win the Senate seat over Roy Moore, but fortunately there is also an actual human being that Alabamans can vote for as well. Check out Doug Jones, the Democratic candidate for Alabama's Senate seat. While the chances for any Democrat to win a statewide seat in Alabama are slim, he's our best shot at preventing the comic book villain that is Roy S. Moore from taking power. So we're just gonna leave Doug's website right here for you to learn more about a Senate candidate that doesn't want to turn back the tide of progress to the stone ages...