Roy Moore, a former Alabama State Supreme Court Chief Justice, scored a huge victory in his path to becoming the next U.S. Senator when he defeated Senator Luther Strange on Tuesday. This win enters Moore in the runoff to fill the Alabama Senate seat previously occupied by Attorney General Jeff Sessions where he will now face off against former attorney Doug Jones in the general election on December 12. Moore, a far-right candidate who has received support from Steve Bannon, would be a dangerous addition to Senate. A 2002 custody case demonstrates just how extreme Moore’s views really are, as he transformed a simple divorce hearing into a case about why gay and lesbian parents aren’t fit to care for kids.
The case, Ex parte H.H. In re D.H. v. H.H, was meant to determine the custody of the children of divorced parents. Moore, a judge on the case, attempted to deny the mother custody based on the fact that she was a lesbian. In his analysis, Moore links the mother’s homosexuality to his belief that she is unfit to be a parent, speculating that “the children’s grades fell after the mother started her homosexual relationship.” He also described “homosexual conduct” as “abhorrent, immoral, detestable, a crime against nature, and a violation of the laws of nature and of nature’s God upon which this Nation and our laws are predicated.”
To justify his blatant homophobia, Moore chose to ignore the first amendment and proudly cite scripture, explaining “The author of Genesis writes: ‘God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them․ For this reason, a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.'” Moore is entitled to these opinions as a citizen; he, however, was not entitled to these in his duty as a judge. To oversee a case, one must be without bias to either party involved.
Some might argue that this case took place 15 years ago and Moore’s views may have evolved since then, but he it proves how elastic he views the lawe. And has continued to proudly embrace his anti-LGBTQIA views over the subsequent years. At a rally in 2012, for example, Moore cited homosexual acts as destructive violations of human nature and lamented the fact that politicians were now “promoting things like same-sex marriage.”
Of course, Moore’s fear that being gay automatically makes someone an evil person unfit to raise children is rooted entirely in bigotry, as opposed to facts and data. Research shows that a person’s sexual orientation has no bearing on whether or not they’ll be a good parent. But thanks to outdated ideas about sexuality, people like Moore are still able to pretend to have a moral justification for their homophobia. Hopefully, this December, the state of Alabama sends Moore a message that his backward, harmful views have no place in modern society.