Moore Appears to Mean Exactly What He Says
Republican U.S. Senate nominee Roy Moore on Wednesday told supporters that "transgenders don't have rights." Moore made his remarks at a press conference during which he received the endorsement of 13 sheriffs. President Donald Trump has also endorsed Moore, who has exhibited anti-LGBT, anti-immigrant, and anti-Islam beliefs and statements throughout his political career.
“The transgenders don’t have rights,” Moore said, attacking his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, who opposes the Trump administration's attacks on transgender Americans, both in the military and in schools.
“They’ve never been denominated as having rights by the US Supreme Court,” Moore, a twice-booted state Supreme Court chief justice, said, according to the Montgomery Advertiser. He continued, saying Jones “believes in transgender bathrooms and transgenders in the military. I disagree with him 100 percent.”
Moore often uses a hard core in-stone defense of his beliefs. The second time he was suspended as chief justice came after he told all state probate judges that despite the U.S. Supreme Court having ruled bans on same-sex couples marrying are unconstitutional, they were not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Why? Because the state law banning same-sex marriage had not been revoked by lawmakers, and they had not passed a new law allowing same-sex couples to marry.
Some are suggesting Moore means that the U.S. Supreme Court not specifically giving transgender people rights means specific protections. Based on his prior statements it appears to mean exactly what he says: "transgenders don't have rights," period.
Moore is facing Democrat Doug Jones in a special December 12 election to fill the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions.
In reporting Moore's remarks, Roll Call notes "Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez did not directly answer when asked twice Wednesday if the DNC would send more resources, such as funding and organizing staff, to Alabama" to help Jones in his fight against Moore.
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