Roy Moore, the former chief justice of the southern US state Alabama, is denouncing same sex marriage.
In a campaign stop speech (6 Oct.) the Republican candidate railed against LGBT equality and the Democratic Party platform plank supporting marriage rights.
'We can't keep disparaging our military and promoting things like same-sex marriage, L-G-B-T. To hear the President of the United States say that we are promoting L-G-B-T. Let's think about what that is: lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered rights,' Moore said, as reported by Birmingham News. 'Same sex marriage will be the ultimate destruction of our country because it destroys the very foundation upon which this nation is based. Divisive, I've been accused of being divisive I'll tell you what's divisive. It's this Democratic platform.'
Moore is running to be the state's chief justice. This is his second campaign for the position. He won in 2000, but was removed three years later when he ignored a court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from state judicial building.
Rep. Patricia Todd, Alabama's first out legislator, dismissed the candidate's logic.
'It's almost laughable to me. We're going to bring the downfall of the country? When you have war and the economy? When you look at states that have same sex marriage, they're all doing pretty good,' Todd said to the paper.
According to Lambda Legal, a civil rights legal organization, in 1998 Alabama passed a statute against gay marriage.