Yoho’s Endorsement of Roy Moore Was Indefensible Even Before the Allegations Surfaced.

Back in September, US Representative Ted Yoho endorsed Roy Moore: “Judge Roy Moore is a proven conservative leader. He refused to bow to political pressure in Montgomery, and he will refuse to bow to political pressure in Washington. We need men like Judge Moore in the Senate to advance the conservative policies America sent us here to enact…I am proud to endorse Judge Moore and look forward to standing shoulder to shoulder with him to fight for America, and against the failed status quo of Washington.”

I know what you’re thinking: But that was September. This was before the child molestation accusations. True. But if we factor in what Yoho surely knew about Roy Moore, his endorsement is still alarming.  

When Yoho wrote that  “[Roy] refused to bow to political pressure in Montgomery” he was referencing Moore’s removal from the Alabama Supreme Court in 2003 and his suspension from it in 2015.  The 2003 offence was for refusing a federal judge’s orders to remove a Ten Commandments mural that he had commissioned, in defiance of the establishment clause he swore an oath to uphold. The suspension was for blocking gay marriages in Alabama even after the Supreme Court outlawed gay marriage bans, something we will return to later.

In 2008, Roy Moore wrote an article saying that newly elected Congressman (and current Deputy Chair of the DNC) Keith Ellison should not be allowed to serve: “Enough evidence exists for Congress to question Ellison’s qualifications to be a member of Congress as well as his commitment to the Constitution in view of his apparent determination to embrace the Quran and an Islamic philosophy directly contrary to the principles of the Constitution.”

The same Constitution that says “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

In a concurrence regarding a custody case involving a lesbian mother and an abusive father, Moore wrote: “[H]omosexual conduct of a parent creates a strong presumption of unfitness that alone is sufficient justification for denying that parent custody of his or her own children or prohibiting the adoption of the children of others. Homosexual conduct is, and has been, considered abhorrent, immoral, detestable, a crime against nature, and a violation of the laws of nature and of nature’s God upon which this Nation and our laws are predicated. Such conduct violates both the criminal and civil laws of this State and is destructive to a basic building block of society—the family.”

More recently, in response to the Supreme Court case overturning gay marriage bans, Moore conjures a cataclysmic apocalypse worthy of the Book of Revelation: “[Obergefell] plunges the human soul into a wasteland of meaninglessness where every man defines his own anarchic reality. In that godless world nothing has meaning or consequence except as the human being desires. Man then becomes the creator of his own reality rather than a subject of the Creator of the Declaration.”

We could go on, but here is what Yoho has endorsed: a repugnant man who has a long history of placing his particular faith (the punitive parts, anyway) above the Constitution and the civil liberties it enshrines.

Oh, and that Obergefell statement? It included this line: “The great sufferers [of gay marriage] will be the children.”

As of this writing, Ted Yoho has not retracted his support. He hasn’t even issued a statement on the allegation, unlike many Republicans. His campaign office handles endorsements. Their number is (352)585-9646. Maybe you should ask him about it.

 

This piece was was written as a collaborative effort by Sandy Parker and other volunteers at Indivisible Gainesville.

Header Image Photographer: Scott Olson/Getty Images

 

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