Former Alabama judge and current GOP candidate Roy Moore may have engaged in child sexual abuse.
Marilyn Drew Necci | November 10, 2017
Roy Moore, a former Alabama Supreme Court judge with very open animosity towards the LGBTQ community who is now running as the Republican nominee to fill Jeff Sessions’ vacant Senate seat, has been accused of pursuing sexual relationships with teenage girls during his time in private practice in Alabama. An Alabama woman went public with her story in a Washington Post article yesterday, and three other women made similar allegations.
The Washington Post goes into graphic detail, recounting a sexual encounter between Moore and Leigh Corfman, 14 years old to Moore’s 32 at the time. It also points out that what went on between Moore and Corfman, about which Corfman says “I wanted it over with — I wanted out,” constitutes second-degree sexual abuse under Alabama law (both at the time and today), due to Corfman being under 16 and Moore being over 19 at the time. The Post names three other women aged 16 to 18 at the time that Moore also tried to pursue sexual relationships with.
OK, why does this matter to the LGBTQ community specifically? Well, because Moore has been an enemy of the LGBTQ community for decades now. In 1996, as an Alabama Circuit Court judge, Moore blocked a woman from being with her children unsupervised due to her being involved in a same-sex relationship. The New Civil Rights Movement explains:
Borden’s attorneys attempted to get Moore to recuse himself, citing his known beliefs against homosexuality, and the fact that one of them was an ACLU attorney. The ACLU was suing Moore at the time for displaying the Ten Commandments in his courtroom.
On her behalf, Borden’s attorneys submitted an affidavit “in July of 1996 alleging that she heard Moore condemning gay people in a conversation with a man she did not know while she was sitting outside his office.”
Borden quoted Moore as saying, “This goes to show that this is evil. They are wrong and of Satan.”
Moore denied the accusation. He also fought Borden’s attorneys’ attempts to have him removed from the case after he refused to recuse himself. And to “prove” his personal beliefs against homosexuality had no bearing on his ability to decide her case, he compared homosexuality to murder, while claiming he wasn’t.
“Well, as you said, you know, homosexuality is against law. Murder is against the law. I don’t recuse for every criminal that comes up, and I’m not comparing criminality with this conduct, but if somebody that commits a murder comes up before my court, I’m not going to recuse them, because that’s against what I believe, and it’s also against the law. Homosexuality is against the law. I can’t recuse, just because homosexuality is against the law.”
In 2002, while serving as Chief Justice of the Alabama state Supreme Court, Moore called for the government to punish “homosexual behavior.” In an opinion issued in the case of D.H. vs H.H., Moore wrote:
“To disfavor practicing homosexuals in custody matters is not invidious discrimination, nor is it legislating personal morality. On the contrary, disfavoring practicing homosexuals in custody matters promotes the general welfare of the people of our State in accordance with our law, which is the duty of its public servants.
“The State carries the power of the sword, that is, the power to prohibit conduct with physical penalties, such as confinement and even execution. It must use that power to prevent the subversion of children toward this lifestyle, to not encourage a criminal lifestyle.
“Homosexual behavior is a ground for divorce, an act of sexual misconduct punishable as a crime in Alabama, a crime against nature, an inherent evil, and an act so heinous that it defies one’s ability to describe it. That is enough under the law to allow a court to consider such activity harmful to a child. To declare that homosexuality is harmful is not to make new law but to reaffirm the old; to say that it is not harmful is to experiment with people’s lives, particularly the lives of children.”
More recently, during a press conference, Moore stated that “The transgenders don’t have rights,” and went after his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, on the basis that Jones supports the trans community. Moore stated that Jones “believes in transgender bathrooms and transgenders in the military. I disagree with him 100 percent.”
With the vocal support of President Trump and many Republicans in state and national offices, it seemed entirely possible that Jeff Sessions’ Senate seat would be filled by someone who is an even bigger opponent of LGBTQ rights than Sessions himself–which is really saying something. It’s a shame that we need such a candidate to be waylaid by credible accusations of sexual abuse in order to derail his campaign, but hey, I’ll take it.
With Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calling for Moore to step down and Alabama’s other Senator, Richard Shelby, attempting to distance himself from Moore in the wake of these allegations by pointing out that he’d supported Moore’s opponent in the Republican primary, it looks like Moore may not actually make it as a candidate to the special election date on December 12. Hey, we can hope. GayRVA will keep you posted on developments with this story as it progresses.