Roy Moore is back. This time, the disgraced Alabama judge is bringing even more of his trademark homophobia.
Following his defeat in 2017 amid allegations of preying on underage girls, Moore has been able to devote additional time to his socially conservative legal advocacy organization The Foundation for Moral Law, which just issued an amicus brief arguing that LGBTQ+ Americans should be denied employment protection.
The Foundation claims the authors of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 would have considered protecting people on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity to be “repulsive and horrifying.”
“In 1964, homosexual conduct was a crime in all 50 states,” the group says in the brief, which was submitted to SCOTUS on August 16. “It was widely considered to be immoral, unnatural, and a danger to national security. The idea that the Framers of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 intended that the term ‘sex’ should be defined in a way that their respective states and constituents would have considered abhorrent, is absurd.”
The brief comes in a case concerning a woman, Aimee Stephens, who was fired from a Michigan funeral home when her employer learned she was trans. Judges will rule as to whether the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which protects individuals from workplace discrimination on the basis of characteristics like sex, should also be interepreted to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
Moore’s organization claims that ruling in Stephens’ favor would drastically rewrite the definition of the term “sex.”
“If judges have the power to do this, their powers are limited only by their own imaginations,” the organization claims. “And if legislators must always fear that, when they vote for a statute, sometime in the future a judge will give it a bizarre and unanticipated interpretation, lawmakers will be hesitant to adopt any statutes at all.”
Stephens’ case, which is one of three set to be heard by the Supreme Court on October 8, could have a wide-ranging on job security — or lack thereof — for millions of LGBTQ+ Americans. It’s still legal to fire someone for being LGBTQ+ in 29 states.
Moore’s position on the issue shouldn’t be surprising, given his extensive history of homophobia. When he ran for the Alabama Senate, he claimed “homosexuality should be against military policy as was the law prior to Bill Clinton.” Moore also said that the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling was worse than the Dred Scott decision upholding slavery and that trans people have “misguided confusion over their God-given chromosomes."
Moore also recently made headlines for once again arguing against marriage equalty and civil runions, as well as open service for transgender people in the military.
Speaking to the Dekalb County Republican Breakfast Club meeting, Moore said, “I don’t think we should recognize [relationships] if it deals with sodomy. Sodomy used to be against our laws. I can’t support sodomy.”
Heterosexuals are capable of engaging in sodomy, according to The Journal of Sex Research.
Moore added, “When they first came out, I said, ‘Transgender? Never. That’s dumb.’ We’d never have that. Do you know what transgender is? That’s not biblical.”
When he’s not busy denigrating LGBTQ+ people, Moore is also currently busy with multiple lawsuits concerning 2017 allegations of sexual misconduct. Multiple women have accused Moore of propositioning them when they were teenagers, with one accuser, Leigh Corfman, claiming she was just 14 years old at the time.
Moore denied the allegations, leading Corfman to file a defamation suit against him. Moore countersued, but that lawsuit is on hold while her initial complaint proceeds through the courts.
Given his record of homophobia and sexually predatory behavior, the national watchdog group GLAAD claimed it was characteristic that Moore would be responsible for introducing such extreme anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric to the Supreme Court.
“Leave it to Roy Moore, the accused sex predator and failed politician, to be the leading voice for anti-LGBTQ activists,” President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. “Any organization or individual submitting an anti-LGBTQ brief to the Supreme Court, like the Trump Administration, will be remembered as siding with disgraced activists like Roy Moore over hard-working Amercans.”