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GOP Candidate Roy Moore Once Said ‘Homosexual Conduct Should Be Illegal’

Roy Moore — a Republican candidate for US Senate in Alabama — has a long history of homophobic and anti-gay remarks, even going so far to say that all same-sex relations “should be illegal.”

In an old C-SPAN interviewunearthed by CNN’s Nathan McDermott and Andrew Kaczynski — Moore stated, “Homosexual conduct should be illegal, yes… Just because it’s done behind closed doors, it can still be prohibited by state law. Do you know that bestiality, the relationship between man and beast is prohibited in every state?”

The conservative’s comments against “homosexual conduct” were sparked by the 2003 Supreme Court case Lawrence v. Texas — in which the highest court in the land declared state laws banning sodomy unconstitutional.

Moore went on to add that he believes homosexuality and bestiality are “the same thing,” arguing that they both go against “a moral precept upon which this country was founded.”

These controversial comments were said during an interview conducted by MSNBC political commentator Bill Press on CSPAN2, where Moore was promoting a new book. As a staunch evangelical Republican, Moore acted as the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court where he infamously put up a monument depicting the Ten Commandments inside the rotunda of the state judicial building. The religious symbol was deemed unconstitutional by a federal court and Moore was removed from his chief justice position.

He later served as the Alabama state chief justice again, but was suspended and eventually stepped down after refusing to uphold the ramifications of Obergefell v. Hodges — which effectively legalized gay marriage.

Watch above, via C-SPAN.

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