Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, the bombastic evangelical Christian well known for his anti-LGBT views, has won the won the state’s Republican nomination for U.S. senator in today’s Republican primary runoff.
On Tuesday, Trump took to Twitter to urge Alabama voters to “get out and vote for Luther Strange – he has proven to me that he will never let you down!”
Moore’s defeat of Sen. Luther Strange in a Republican primary threatens the GOP establishment and hands President Trump his first electoral loss since taking office.
The Human Rights Campaign’s Alabama affiliate had called the race a choice between “bad” (Strange) and “worse” (Moore).
Moore, ousted twice as state Supreme Court chief justice, is revered among social conservatives for his extreme anti-LGBT views and his advocacy for Christianity in public life.
In a 2002 child custody case, Moore voted with the majority of his fellow justices on the Alabama Supreme Court to grant custody to an abusive father rather than grant custody to the lesbian mother. In the ruling, Moore wrote that homosexuality is “abominable, detestable, unmentionable, and too disgusting and well known to require other definition or further details or description.”
Moore has said marriage equality will “literally cause the destruction of our country or lead to the destruction of our country over the long run.”
He has said that transgender people suffer from a mental disorder and that actions against opponents of marriage equality are similar to the persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany, reports The Advocate.