Roy Moore, Favorite of Anti-LGBTQ Extremists, Secures Victory in Alabama GOP Senate PrimaryBy Megan Clayton • September 27, 2017 • 8:07 am
Former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore has won last night’s Republican primary in Alabama, advancing to the general election in the race to fill the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in January.
He notched a significant victory against incumbent Senator Luther Strange, who was appointed by former Governor Robert Bentley in January. He will now face Democrat Doug Jones in the general election in November.
Moore is a favorite of anti-LGBTQ extremists, so this news is especially disappointing coming mere hours after Birmingham became the first city in the state to pass an LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination law. The measure passed the city council unanimously.
He is most well known for his highly public refusal to recognize the landmark Obergefell decision that made marriage equality the law of the land in all 50 states. He was suspended from his position as Alabama’s chief justice for this refusal, and ultimately resigned earlier this year to pursue the Senate seat. Moore was also removed as chief justice once before for failing to uphold higher court rulings.
Even before Moore made headlines over refusing to recognize marriage equality, he had a long history of publicly and viciously demonizing LGBTQ people, including comments that being gay should be illegal and likening being gay to bestiality.
“We’ve seen over the last few months that elections have real and immediate consequences. Roy Moore’s ascension to the U.S. Senate would be unsettling for LGBTQ people nationwide, and outright dangerous for the hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ people and families who live in Alabama.” —Kasey Suffredini, Acting CEO & President of Strategy at Freedom for All Americans
Kasey Suffredini, Acting CEO & President of Strategy at Freedom for All Americans, says Moore’s specific contempt for LGBTQ people and general contempt for the rule of law should disqualify him from holding any office that puts Alabamians’ rights and liberties under his purview.
“Elected officials don’t get to pick and choose which laws they’d like to follow, and they certainly don’t get to pick and choose which constituents they’d like to represent and which they’d like to simply toss aside,” he says, noting that Moore’s rise could be especially devastating for the 113,000 LGBTQ Alabamians, more than a third of whom are raising families.
“We’ve seen over the last few months that elections have real and immediate consequences,” he continued. “Roy Moore’s ascension to the U.S. Senate would be unsettling for LGBTQ people nationwide, and outright dangerous for the hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ people and families who live in Alabama.”