Last but by no means least in a special election taking place December 12 for U.S. senator from Alabama. Anti-LGBT and general religious right extremist Roy Moore is seeking to fill the position vacated by Jeff Sessions when he became U.S. attorney general; Moore bested the interim senator, Luther Strange, in the Republican primary and a subsequent runoff. Moore was removed from the Alabama Supreme Court, where he was chief justice, for ethics violations related to his efforts to block marriage equality in Alabama; he contended that state officials didn’t have to obey the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 marriage equality ruling, which was not the case. He has a long history of demonizing LGBT people, having said that transgender people are mentally ill, that homosexual “acts” should be illegal, and that marriage equality would doom civilization. He’s also deeply opposed to abortion, wants to cut taxes sharply, and hates anything resembling “socialized” medicine. While Alabamians haven’t elected a Democrat to the Senate in more than 20 years, there’s a chance that Moore will prove too extreme for them, as he and the Democratic candidate, Doug Jones, are neck-and-neck in the polls. Jones is a former federal prosecutor best known for obtaining the convictions of two of the racists who bombed a church in Birmingham in 1963, killing four young African-American girls, and had evaded justice for nearly 40 years. Jones is in favor of expanding health care and environmental protections, a living wage, and civil rights for all. His website doesn’t mention LGBT rights specifically, but he has made supportive comments in the past. He has the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign.
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