From the Washington Post -- by Philip Bump
Calling Roy Moore controversial is underselling the point a bit.
The front-runner in next week’s Senate runoff race in Alabama twice served as chief justice of that state’s Supreme Court — and twice got in legal trouble in that office for putting his religious values before the law of the land. In 2003, he was removed from office for refusing to take down a statue of the Ten Commandments from the state Supreme Court building. Last year, he was suspended for refusing to uphold a federal mandate that same-sex marriages be recognized in the state.
Moore’s position on homosexuality is probably fairly obvious given that second conflict, but on Thursday, CNN revealed that it at one point went much further. In 2005, Moore told journalist Bill Press that he thought that “homosexual conduct should be illegal.”
Twelve years later, that position seems somewhat hard to fathom. But at the time, it was a contentious issue that Gallup polling indicated had about as many adherents as those who felt that same-sex relations should be legal.