GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, a former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, stated that he believed homosexual conduct between LGBTQ Americans should be illegal in both 2005 and 2015, equating sex between two members of the same gender to bestiality. Moore is currently the front-runner for the GOP nomination in an upcoming U.S. Senate election in Alabama.
In 2005, Moore blasted the U.S. Supreme Court's 2003 decision to make laws against sodomy unconstitutional nationwide.
"What I think is that it was illegal under the law, that the Supreme Court usurped the role of the legislature and ruled something about our moral law that is improper ... Homosexual conduct should be illegal, yes," Moore told C-SPAN.
Moore added that he believed homosexual relations should be illegal even in the privacy of two consenting adults' home.
"Just because it's done behind closed doors, it can still be prohibited by state law," Moore continued. "Do you know that bestiality, the relationship between man and beast is prohibited by every state?"
In March 2015, Moore repeated his position on homosexuality in a YouTube video, CNN reports.
"I think homosexuality should be illegal," Moore said in the video. "Sodomy was declared illegal by the United States Supreme Court in 1987, it said there was no right under the constitution to enlarge the fundamental rights of homosexuals. But then they came back and overturned it."
Moore has emphasized his evangelical viewpoint throughout his judicial career. He was removed from the Alabama Supreme Court in 2003 for disobeying a federal court order to remove a statue of the Ten Commandments and suspended again in September 2016 for refusing to comply with the SCOTUS ruling that legalized same-sex marriage across the country.
Moore has asserted on the campaign trail that Christian scripture should define all U.S. law and society. On Aug. 24, the Senate candidate stated during a campaign event that he believed the U.S. epidemic of mass shootings was caused by secularism.
"You wonder why we're having shootings, and killings here in 2017?" Moore told members of the Christian group Citizen Impact USA. "Because we've asked for it. We've taken God out of everything."
On Sept. 26, Moore will compete against incumbent GOP Sen. Luther Strange of Alabama in a primary runoff that will decide the state's Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate. On Sept. 18, a JMC Analytics poll found that 47 percent of Alabama voters supported Moore and 39 percent supported Strange, WHNT reports.