The dogmatic former chief justice Roy Moore won the Republican Senate runoff in Alabama on Tuesday (26 September).
He was running against the Republican incumbent Luther Strange, who had the backing of Donald Trump and the GOP establishment like Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell.
Since Moore won the runoff, he’ll face off against Democratic Doug Jones on 12 December. They’re vying for the Senate seat left vacant by Jeff Sessions when he became Trump’s Attorney General.
While Moore’s win isn’t surprising — he led in the polls leading up to the vote — it is concerning for several groups.
He’s the favorite to win in December as Alabama is a staunchly Republican state, but he wasn’t the candidate the party was hoping would win. In face, Trump deleted tweets supporting Strange after Moore won, which could present legal problems.
However, the more pressing concerns are Moore’s discriminatory stances.
Is Moore one of the most controversial politicians?
Some think so.
A lot of his decisions and actions stem from his religious beliefs. He was suspended as chief justice for disregarding ‘binding federal law’. He did things like erect a Ten Commandments statue in the state judicial building.
His track record with the LGBTI community isn’t better.
After the US legalized marriage equality, he refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses.
GLAAD also published a list of his anti-LGBTI record. It is a doozy, from things like homosexuality being the same as having sex with a cow to suggesting 9/11 was punishment from God for ‘legitimized sodomy’.
Many groups are cautioning against Moore’s potential win in December.
‘Given Roy Moore’s track record of flouting laws and attacking the civil rights of LGBTQ people across our state, we already know he won’t stand up for all Alabamians when it matters most,’ said Eva Kendrick, the Human Rights Campaign Alabama state director.
‘In the run up to December 12, we urge every fair-minded person across Alabama to say #NoMoore and reject the politics of bigotry and hate.’