Roy Moore, the former judge who won Alabama’s Republican Senate primary on Tuesday, is no stranger to state politics. Nor is he a stranger to controversy.
He’s shown time and again that he holds the word of God above that of the Constitution, a view that has gotten him into trouble more than once.
“I want to see virtue and morality returned to our country and God is the only source of our law, liberty and government,” Moore said just last week in a debate with Luther Strange, who lost the GOP nomination despite millions of dollars in Republican backing and an endorsement from President Donald Trump.
Here’s a taste of what’s to come if Moore wins the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. He’ll be facing off against Democrat Doug Jones in the Dec. 12 special election.
10 Commandments controversy
In 2003, Moore was removed as chief justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court after he erected a 5,200-pound monument of the 10 Commandments inside the state’s judicial building. Lawsuits were filed contending that it represented a government-endorsed display of religion.
Moore later huffed that he was being asked to leave office because he “acknowledged God.”
“God has chosen this time and this place so we can save our country and save our courts for our children,” he said at the time.
Homosexual behavior is a ground for divorce, an act of sexual misconduct punishable as a crime in Alabama, a crime against nature, an inherent evil, and an act so heinous that it defies one’s ability to describe it.”
Views on same-sex marriage
Moore was re-elected to the bench in 2012, but was suspended again last year after he was found guilty on six charges of violating the canons of judicial ethics. In 2014, he wrote letters to governors of every state asking for their support in a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between a man and a woman. In 2015, he ordered Alabama judges to defy a 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling and instead enforce their “ministerial duty” by refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses.
“We are talking about someone who is truly, truly unhinged,” said Richard Cohen, president of the Montgomery, Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center. “He has concocted legal theories to justify his religious goals, but none that makes any sense.”