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Alabama Father Whose Gay Daughter Committed Suicide Protests Outside Roy Moore Rally

Ray Mathis

“I had mixed emotions about coming, but somebody needs to speak up.”

In Midland City, Alabama, a man stood outside a campaign rally for Roy Moore to protest the Alabama Senate hopeful--all the while holding a picture of his daughter.

Ray Mathis told reporters that his daughter, Patti Sue, was gay and took her own life in the '90s.

"Judge Roy Moore called her a pervert on one reason--that she was gay," he said. "If he called her a pervert, he called your child a pervert if she was gay or your son was gay. This is something people need to stop and think about."

Mathis admitted when his daughter came out, he hadn't supported her. However, after her death, he realized what prejudice can do to a person--and to a loved one.

"[Moore] said all gay people are perverts. Abominations. That's not true. We don't need a person like that representing us in Washington," Mathis said. "That's why I'm here."

Watch the interview below.

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