Roy Moore

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Roy Moore
Judge Roy Moore.jpg
30th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama
In office
January 15, 2013 – April 26, 2017
Suspended: May 6, 2016 – April 26, 2017
Preceded byChuck Malone
Succeeded byLyn Stuart
In office
January 15, 2001 – November 13, 2003
Preceded byPerry O. Hooper Sr.
Succeeded byGorman Houston (Acting)
Judge for the Sixteenth Circuit Court of Alabama
In office
1992–2000
Appointed byH. Guy Hunt
Preceded byJulius Swann
Succeeded byWilliam Millican
Personal details
Born
Roy Stewart Moore

(1947-02-11) February 11, 1947 (age 72)
Gadsden, Alabama, U.S.
Political partyRepublican (1992–present)
Other political
affiliations
Democratic (Before 1992)
Spouse(s)Kayla Kisor
Children4 (1 adopted)
EducationUnited States Military Academy (BS)
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (JD)
Signature
WebsiteCampaign website

Roy Stewart Moore (born February 11, 1947) is an American lawyer, politician, and former judge.

Moore has earned significant national attention and controversy over his strongly anti-homosexual, anti-Muslim, and far-right[1][2] views, his belief that Christianity should order public policy,[3] as well as his past ties to neo-Confederates and white nationalist groups.[4]

Early life[change | change source]

Moore was born in Gadsden, Alabama. He studied at the United States Military Academy and at the University of Alabama. He married Kayla Kisor. They have four children. Many women called him a hebephile and ephebophile after he courted them while they were young teens.[5]

Supreme Court of Alabama[change | change source]

Moore was elected to the position of Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2001, but removed from his position in November 2003 by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary for refusing to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments commissioned by him from the Alabama Judicial Building, despite orders to do so by a federal court.

Moore was again elected Chief Justice in 2013, but was suspended in May 2016, for encouraging judges to continue to enforce the state's ban on same-sex marriage despite the fact that it had been deemed unconstitutional. Following an unsuccessful appeal, Moore resigned in April 2017.

Failed governor campaigns[change | change source]

Moore sought the Republican nomination for the governorship of Alabama in 2006, but lost to incumbent Bob Riley in the June primary by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. He sought the Republican nomination for the office again in 2010,[6] but placed fourth in the Republican primary.

United States special senate race, 2017[change | change source]

Moore defeated incumbent Luther Strange in the Republican primary to fill the United States Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions upon Sessions's confirmation as Attorney General of the United States. He faced Democratic nominee Doug Jones in the special election on December 12, 2017.[7]

According to Vox, if Moore is elected, he is likely to be the most far-right Senator, "far afield from even the most conservative Republican currently in the Senate."[8]

Moore lost the election to Jones with his 48.8% to Jones's 49.6%.[9]

Sexual harassment allegations[change | change source]

In November 2017, he was accused of sexual abuse of underage girls in the past.[10] Republicans such as John McCain and Mitt Romney called for Moore to drop out of the race after the allegations were reported.[11][12] Other senators withdrew their endorsements of Moore's Senate candidacy.[13][14][15][16] Days later, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that he believes the women who made the accusations and that Moore should "step aside".[17] Speaker of the House Paul Ryan also called for Moore to abandon his campaign.[18] President Donald Trump, however, expressed support for Moore.

2020 Senate race[change | change source]

Moore announced on June 20, 2019 that he would challenge for Doug Jones once again for his Senate seat in the 2020 election.[19]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Far-right view helps Moore in Alabama". Associated Press. September 28, 2017.
    Gray, Rosie. "The Breitbart Universe Unites for Roy Moore". The Atlantic. many Alabamians view Moore’s hard-right social conservatism as a sign of his commitment to standing on principle.
  2. Kim Chandler & Jay Reeves (September 27, 2017). "Far-right candidate Roy Moore captures US Senate primary runoff in Alabama". Associated Press.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  3. "First Muslim Congressman says Roy Moore 'lawless'". AL.com. Retrieved September 29, 2017.
    Jenny Jarvie (September 30, 2016). "'Not going to miss the Ayatollah of Alabama': State's chief justice ousted over anti-gay-marriage order". Los Angeles Times.
    "US judge ousted over gay marriage stand". BBC News. October 1, 2016.
  4. CNN, Chris Massie and Andrew Kaczynski,. "Pro-Confederate activists held 'Secession Day' event at Roy Moore's foundation two years in a row".CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  5. Reeves, Andrée E. "Alabama's Senate runoff election mirrors the national struggle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party." USApp-American Politics and Policy Blog (2017)
  6. "Roy Moore enters race for governor". TimesDaily.com. Montgomery Bureau. June 2, 2009. Retrieved June 23, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  7. David Weigel, Who is Doug Jones, and can he defeat Roy Moore in conservative Alabama?, The Washington Post (September 27, 2017).
  8. Jeff Stein (September 25, 2017). "Alabama's Roy Moore would be the most extreme senator — with huge consequences for Congress". Vox.
  9. Ch, Kim; LER; Peoples, Steve (December 13, 2017). "Democrat Jones wins stunning red-state Alabama Senate upset". AP NEWS.
  10. McCrummen, Stephanie; Crites, Alice; Reinhard, Beth (November 9, 2017). "Woman says Roy Moore initiated sexual encounter when she was 14, he was 32". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  11. Steve Peoples (November 9, 2017). "Sen. John McCain on Moore allegations: 'He should immediately step aside'". The Arizona Republic. Associated Press.
  12. Nolan D. McCaskill (November 10, 2017). "Romney: 'Unfit' Moore 'should step aside". Politico.
  13. Watson, Kathryn (November 10, 2017). "Senators begin rescinding support of Alabama candidate Roy Moore". CBS News. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  14. Peoples, Steve; Chandler, Kimberly (November 10, 2017). "lMoore denies sexual misconduct, but GOP fears election risk". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  15. Seipel, Brooke (November 11, 2017). "Cassidy pulls endorsement of Moore". The Hill. Retrieved November 12, 2017.
  16. Smilowitz, Elliott (November 13, 2017). "Cruz pulls support from Moore: Allegations merit 'criminal prosecution' if true". The Hill. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  17. Sullivan, Sean; Viebeck, Elise (November 13, 2017). "McConnell calls on Roy Moore to end Senate campaign following accusations of sexual misconduct". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  18. Sullivan, Sean (November 14, 2017). "Paul Ryan joins GOP calls for Roy Moore to end campaign amid sexual misconduct allegations". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  19. Blinder, Alan (June 20, 2019). "Roy Moore, Polarizing Republican, Will Again Run for Senate in Alabama". New York Times. Retrieved June 20, 2019.

Other websites[change | change source]