After former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore won the Alabama Republican nomination for the United States Senate on Sept. 26, it renewed reviews of Moore’s past statements on abortion, gay marriage, Islam, and other issues.
In the past, Moore has expressed his opposition to abortion, gay marriage, and the right of consenting adults to engage in anal sex in the privacy of their own homes. “Homosexual conduct should be illegal,” said Moore in 2005.
Vincent Foster, president of the Miami Log Cabin Republicans, said he doesn’t support Moore’s positions on gay marriage or other LGBT issues but he doesn’t think Moore will be able to set LGBT rights back either.
“I do love his priority on the economy. I definitely would have voted for him if I were a resident of Alabama. Gay marriage is not going to be overturned any more than abortion is going to be overturned. That’s not going to pass through the House and Senate that can’t get anything together.”
But Moore’s nomination did not sit well with some other members of the Republican LGBT community in South Florida.
Former Republican Congressman Mark Foley, who now lives in Palm Beach County, is among them. “It troubles me when any human being who claims to believe in a just and Christian nation can make such ugly and disparaging remarks about any living soul,” Foley said. “As a gay man, it’s abhorrent to me that in 2017 such comments would still be made. It alarms me that people would applaud his rhetoric. I am reasonably concerned since I had hoped President Trump would have been a moderating force in modern day politics and be the person I know him to be, who has long been a friend to me and others, whom he’s known to be gay, and has welcomed into his club graciously.”
Andy Eddy, spokesman for the Broward County Log Cabin Republicans, said he doesn’t have a problem with Moore’s decision to install a monument to the Ten Commandments at an
Alabama judicial building in 2001. In 2003, the monument was removed. Moore was later removed from the Alabama Supreme Court for his defiance of a court order to remove the monument.
“The problem is that some of his issues are a little too far to the right. [Supporting] conversion therapy, things like that. I don’t think he’s going to represent all the people. He didn’t support gays in the military so why would I support him?” Eddy asked.