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Senate candidate Roy Moore says gay sex is “the same” as having sex with a cow

Alabama Supreme Court

When will these bigots learn?

It’s been unearthed by CNN that Roy Moore, the anti-LGBT conservative running to fill Jeff Sessions’ senate seat in Alabama, once compared sex between two consenting adults of the same sex to bestiality.

In a 2005 interview on C-SPAN2 to promote his book So Help Me God, Moore was asked by liberal commentator Bill Press whether or not he believes homosexuality should be illegal.

“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,” he answered.

“And that’s what we’re finding the Supreme Court and the federal district courts are doing daily. They’ve usurped the moral prerogative.”

Moore was referring to the landmark 2003 Lawrence v. Texas case, which saw the Supreme Court strike down a Texas state law banning sodomy, rendering similar laws across the country unconstitutional.

“I don’t understand your answer,” Press interrupted, ”I think it’s a yes or no. Do you think that homosexuality, or homosexual conduct should be illegal today?”

“Homosexual conduct should be illegal, yes,” Moore replied. “It is immoral.”

The politician was previously removed from his post as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2015, after refusing to honour the Supreme Court’s ruling that marriage equality would be legal nationwide.

Later in the same interview, when Press asked why the government should be able to control what consenting adults do in the privacy of their own homes, Moore compared homosexuality to bestiality.

“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? Do you know that?” he asked.

“Did I ask you about having sex with a cow? Or a horse? Or a dog?” Press responded.

“No, you didn’t, but it’s the same thing,” Moore argued. “It is a moral precept upon which this country was founded.”

It’s not the only time Moore has expressed anti-LGBT views, as in a YouTube video posted in 2015, he once again claimed homosexuality should be illegal, citing anti-sodomy laws from 1776 as a reason why.

When asked whether he thinks the punishment for homosexuality should be the death penalty, Moore refused to answer, simply stating: “I’m not here to outline punishments for sodomy.”

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