By Randy DeSoto
Hillary Clinton charged in a speech over the weekend in Washington, D.C. that Republicans who support GOP nominee Judge Roy Moore for Senate in Alabama should be held accountable for his “bigotry and hatred.”
Speaking at the pro-LGBT Human Rights Campaign National Dinner on Saturday night, she said, “When the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama supports the idea that homosexuality should be criminalized, and refuses to say whether or not he thinks that LGBT people should be executed, Americans of every party, of any decency, Democrats, Republicans and independents should line up and condemn him and those views.”
“And that includes the president, the Senate majority leader, the speaker of the House and every single elected official who endorses a candidate with those views should be held accountable,” Clinton stated. “Whether or not we are willing to accept this kind of bigotry and hatred speaks volumes about who we are as a country.”
Clinton also targeted President Donald Trump for his decisions to return the student transgender bathroom issue to states and localities and to not permit transgender individuals to serve in the military.
”You know and (Trump) knows that transgender people have fought and died for this country from the beginning,” Clinton claimed, adding that it was “insulting and wrong” for his administration to suggest transgender troops are unfit to serve.
Moore agreed with Trump’s stances on both of these issues.
“We don’t need transgender bathrooms and we don’t need transgender military and we don’t need a weaker military,” Moore said Saturday during a stump speech near Decatur, according to AL.com.
As previously reported by Western Journalism, Moore, a Vietnam War veteran and West Point graduate, strongly backed Trump’s decision not to allow transgender people to serve in the military, while his Democrat opponent Doug Jones said Trump was “wrong, wrong, wrong” on the issue.
“I commend President Trump for putting our nation’s military preparedness before political correctness,” the former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice said in a news release. “As U.S. Senator, I will not stand by while the left uses the military for social experimentation.”
Concerning the issue of same-sex marriage, Moore told WJ that the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in 2015 that all state laws defining marriage as between a man and a woman are unconstitutional was in effect an amendment to the Constitution by the justices “in the guise of interpretation.”
He added if Alabama had changed its laws to expand the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples, he would have directed his lower court judges to enforce it, though the Christian does believe homosexual conduct is morally wrong.
In a 2005 interview, Moore also faulted the U.S. Supreme Court for overturning Texas’ anti-sodomy law in 2003 as unconstitutionally usurping the role of state governments.
“What I think is that it was illegal under the law, that the Supreme Court usurped the role of the legislature and ruled something about our moral law that is improper, and that’s what we’re finding the Supreme Court and the federal district courts are doing daily,” the judge said.
In 2015, Moore expressed similar sentiments, noting the Supreme Court had ruled in the 1980s (before overruling itself 17 years later in 2003) that it was up to the states to decide whether they wanted homosexual conduct to be illegal, as the Constitution did not address the matter.
The majority of states had rescinded anti-sodomy laws when the high court first ruled on the issue in 1986.
Moore stated, “There was no right under the Constitution to enlarge the fundamental rights of homosexuals.”
Clinton’s views on LGBT rights have evolved over the years, which she hinted at during her speech Saturday night, saying the Human Rights Campaign had made her “a better person.”
In 2015, as Clinton prepared to launch her second presidential bid, Politifact reported that she had done a “full-flop” on the issue of same-sex marriage.
She supported the Defense of Marriage Act signed into law by her husband in 1996, which defined marriage for federal law purposes as between a man and a woman and protected states from being forced to recognize same-sex marriages from other states.
In 2000, while running as a candidate for Senate in New York, Clinton stated, “I think a marriage is as a marriage has always been, between a man and a woman,” but added that she backed civil unions.
In 2008, when she was running for president, Clinton once again expressed her support for the traditional definition of marriage. However, in 2013, after stepping down from being secretary of state, Clinton released a video stating her support for same-sex marriage.
Moore’s campaign chairman dismissed Clinton’s attack of his candidate in her Human Rights Campaign speech.
“American voters rejected Hillary Clinton’s political correctness in 2016, because Americans are sick and tired of being told they are bigots if they don’t support changing the definition of marriage,” campaign chair Bill Armistead said.
He went on to describe the Human Rights Campaign as “a radical leftist group” that seeks to “undermine religious liberty and the traditional Judeo-Christian understanding of the family.”
“Hillary Clinton and the Human Rights Campaign are targeting Judge Moore because he is unafraid to stand up for traditional marriage,” Armistead said.
In recent weeks, Moore has been endorsed by GOP Sens. Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Ted Cruz and John Cornyn of Texas.
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