Alabama Dad Who Lost Gay Daughter to Suicide Speaks Outside of Roy Moore Rally
Father, who says he's a local peanut farmer in Wicksburg, outside Roy Moore rally talks about losing his gay daughter at age of 23 to suicide. "I was anti-gay myself. I said bad things to my daughter, which I regret." pic.twitter.com/J0oOU0EJI2
— Vaughn Hillyard (@VaughnHillyard) December 11, 2017
With the Alabama Senate special election taking place tomorrow, embattled GOP nominee Roy Moore decided to make a rare appearance on Monday by holding a campaign rally in Midland City. Outside that rally, a peanut farmer from nearby Wicksburg protested Moore and the ex-judge’s anti-gay position.
Speaking to reporters, Nathan Mathis explained that he was speaking out against Moore because the Republican candidate described gay people as perverts. Holding a picture of his deceased daughter — she took her life at the age of 23 — Mathis said that he wasn’t sure what he was hoping to accomplish with his protest as he had “mixed emotions.” He, however, felt the need to say and do something.
Asked about whether he was suggesting his daughter’s suicide was due to anti-gay positions, Mathis said he wasn’t saying that. But he did have a message regarding that:
“I was anti-gay myself. I said bad things to my daughter myself, which I regret. But I can’t take back what happened to my daughter. But stuff like saying my daughter’s a pervert — sure, I’m sure that bothered her. Judge Moore didn’t just say my daughter — he didn’t call my daughter by name — he called all gay people are perverts. Abominations. That’s not true! We don’t need a person like that representing us in Washington.”
Five years ago, Mathis wrote a letter to the editor to the Dothan Eagle about his daughter’s suicide, expressing how it greatly impacted him and his views.
Watch the clip above, via NBC News.
[image via screengrab]
Have a tip we should know? firstname.lastname@example.org