Failed Senate candidate Roy Moore is saying that America needs to turn back the clock several decades just to go back to a time when LGBTQ people had no rights.
Moore is perhaps best known for being removed from his position as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court twice, both times for refusing to follow a federal court ruling. He also made headlines in 2017 when he – as a Republican in Alabama – lost a special election for a U.S. Senate seat to a Democrat after he was accused by multiple women of sexual impropriety, many from women who were minors at the time of the alleged harassment and assault.
Last Wednesday, Moore spoke at the Huntsville Republican Men’s Breakfast Group, where he reminisced about the sexually conservative days of the 60s and 70s.
“We have got to go back to what we did back in the sixties and seventies back to a moral basis,” Moore said. “Back in the sixties and seventies [the national debt] was much lower.”
“Abortion was not legal when I went to Vietnam. It was passed later,” he said, referring to the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade as abortion “passing,” an odd word choice for a former judge.
“We did not have same sex marriage. We did not have transgender rights. Sodomy was illegal. These things were just not around when my classmates and I went to West Point and Vietnam.”
“We have drag queens teaching kindergarten children in this state and this community…. In Huntsville, in Mobile they taught kids and they dress them up in drag,” Moore continued. “Where does this come from? Gender identity is being taught in California to young kids and parents have no choice but to let their kids be taught that.”
Moore also said that “there was no mention of socialism” in the 60s and 70s, at the height of the Cold War, and he lamented the lack of prayer in school nowadays.
He also brought up the Ten Commandments: “The Ten Commandments could be displayed in school up until 1980. In 1980 when the Supreme Court outlawed it. They said if posted copies of the Ten Commandment have any affect at all it would cause children to read them. Meditate on that perhaps to venerate and obey them and this is impermissible under the establishment clause? I am going to tell you that it’s not impermissible to view the law upon which our nation is founded.”
In 2003, Moore was removed from his job as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court because he refused to remove a display of the Ten Commandments in the Alabama Judicial Building, despite a federal court ordering him to do so.
In 2016, Moore – who had gotten elected back to the bench of the Alabama Supreme Court – was suspended because he ordered lower court judges to ignore the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges ruling, which legalized marriage equality in every state, including Alabama.