The GOP candidate’s ‘unwavering’ stance on LGBT rights: Meet the GOP nominee
Posted On June 19, 2021
A GOP candidate in Alabama who has long opposed same-sex marriage and is now campaigning for a Republican senator has been accused of having a “deep-seated homophobia” in a video posted to YouTube and Facebook.
Alabama’s special Senate election will be held Dec. 12.
The video, titled “It’s not a political position,” shows former Alabama Republican Attorney General Luther Strange, an incumbent senator, standing outside the Alabama Capitol with his arms around a man, holding his right hand over his heart.
The man, whom Strange does not identify, says he is gay.
The man, whose name has not been released, then says he was “in the closet” as a young man.
The senator says he has been “in this closet” since he was a teenager and has never been ashamed of it.
Strange says he’s never felt the need to hide his gayness, and that the man’s comments are just another example of the “gay agenda” and that he will “fight it in every way I can.”
Strange says that his opponents in the race, Republican Sen. Richard Shelby and Democratic Rep. David Simpson, have been “trying to silence me and destroy my campaign” because they “hate” him.
Strange’s campaign has not responded to The Associated Press’ request for comment on the video.
The Alabama Democratic Party has called on Strange to drop out of the race and has also sent a letter to Moore’s supporters urging them to stop supporting him.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee called the video “an egregious abuse of the media.”
Roy Moore must drop out.””
He is unfit for the U.S. Senate.
Roy Moore must drop out.”
Moore is currently trailing Republican Roy Blunt in the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll.