Roy Moore spokesman says candidate 'probably' thinks gay sex should be illegal

Senate candidate Roy Moore has said he believes “homosexual conduct should be illegal.” Asked Tuesday whether the former judge holds the same opinion on the day of Alabama’s special election, Moore’s campaign spokesman said, “Probably.”

Ted Crockett, spokesman for Moore’s campaign, told CNN anchor Jake Tapper that engaging in same-sex relations goes against the Christian Bible, on which, he asserts, all U.S. law is based.

“Homosexuality is a sin in the biblical sense,” Crockett said, saying that’s the opinion Moore and “the state of Alabama” hold. 

Moore said in a 2005 interview that he believes homosexuality should be illegal and that same-sex relations are akin to bestiality.

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GALLANT, AL - SEPTEMBER 26: Alabama Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore on Sassy and wife Kayla on Sundance ride their horses to the Gallant Fire Hall to vote in today's GOP runoff election September 26, 2017 in Gallant, Alabama. Moore is running against Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) to fill Jeff Session's seat. (Photo by Hal Yeager/Getty Images)
Republican Roy Moore, along with his wife Kayla, arrive at the RSA Activity Center in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S. September 26, 2017, during the runoff election for the Republican nomination for Alabama's U.S. Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. REUTERS/Marvin Gentry
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore and his wife Kayla arrive at state Supreme Court in Montgomery, Alabama, November 13, 2003. Moore, whose refusal to obey a U.S. order to move a Ten Commandments monument fueled a national debate over the place of God in public life, was stripped of his office by a state judicial panel on Thursday. REUTERS/Bob Ealum BE/SV
Suspended Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) exits the Alabama Supreme Court chamber with his wife Kayla following the reading of the verdict of the Alabama Court of the Judiciary at the Alabama Judicial Building in Montgomery, Alabama, November 13, 2003. Moore, whose refusal to obey a U.S. order to move a Ten Commandments monument fueled a national debate over the place of God in public life, was stripped of his office by a state judicial panel on Thursday. REUTERS/Mickey Welsh /Advertiser/POOL MW/SV
Ex-Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka (L) campaigns for U.S. Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore, with his wife Kayla Moore (R), at the Historic Union Station Train Shed in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S. September 21, 2017. REUTERS/Tami Chappell
Judge Roy Moore's wife Kayla participates in the Mid-Alabama Republican Club's Veterans Day Program in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, U.S., November 11, 2017. REUTERS/Marvin Gentry
BIRMINGHAM, AL - NOVEMBER 16: Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Judge Roy Moore speaks as his wife Kayla Moore looks on during a news conference with supporters and faith leaders, November 16, 2017 in Birmingham, Alabama. Moore refused to answer questions regarding sexual harassment allegations and pursuing relationships with underage women. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, AL - NOVEMBER 16: Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Judge Roy Moore and his wife Kayla Moore exit a news conference with supporters and faith leaders, November 16, 2017 in Birmingham, Alabama. Moore refused to answer questions regarding sexual harassment allegations and pursuing relationships with underage women. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
MONTGOMERY, AL - SEPTEMBER 26: Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, Roy Moore and his wife Kayla greet supporters at an election-night rally on September 26, 2017 in Montgomery, Alabama. Moore, former chief justice of the Alabama supreme court, defeated incumbent Luther Strange in a primary runoff election for the seat vacated when Jeff Sessions was appointed U.S. Attorney General by President Donald Trump. Moore will now face Democratic candidate Doug Jones in the general election in December. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
GALLANT, AL - SEPTEMBER 26: Alabama Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore and wife Kayla leave the Gallant Fire Hall after voting in today's GOP runoff election September 26, 2017 in Gallant, Alabama. Moore is running against Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) to fill Jeff Session's seat. (Photo by Hal Yeager/Getty Images)
MONTGOMERY, AL - SEPTEMBER 26: Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, Roy Moore and his wife Kayla greet supporters at an election-night rally on September 26, 2017 in Montgomery, Alabama. Moore, former chief justice of the Alabama supreme court, defeated incumbent Luther Strange in a primary runoff election for the seat vacated when Jeff Sessions was appointed U.S. Attorney General by President Donald Trump. Moore will now face Democratic candidate Doug Jones in the general election in December. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
GALLANT, AL - SEPTEMBER 26: Alabama Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, mother Evelyn Ridgeway (L), and wife Kayla (R) prepare to vote at the Gallant Fire Hall in today's GOP runoff election September 26, 2017 in Gallant, Alabama. Moore is running against Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) to fill Jeff Session's seat. (Photo by Hal Yeager/Getty Images)
Ex-Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka (L) applauds as he campaigns for U.S. Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore with his wife Kayla Moore (R) at the Historic Union Station Train Shed in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S., September 21, 2017. REUTERS/Tami Chappell TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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As chief justice of Alabama, he acted of these beliefs. After the U.S. Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states in 2015, Moore instructed state judges to flout the order. In September 2016, he was removed from the court for the remainder of his term. It was the second time in his career that he’d been suspended from the court for breaking U.S. law.

But Moore and his supported largely believe that “God’s law” should trump “man’s law.” Questioned by Tapper on what he thought the proper punishment would be for engaging in same-sex relations, Crockett evaded, answering simply: “It’s just a sin.”

Tapper pressed him on whether he thought the Bible ― which, by the way, isn’t clear cut on the question of homosexuality ― should govern U.S. law. Crockett reiterated similarclaims Moore has made throughout his campaign and career, namely that the country “was founded on the Christian Bible.”

“You people want to take the whole two or three thousand years of our history and ... throw it out the window, as if you’re just going to make your own rules, your own man-made rules and do whatever you want, and sin, and that’s part of the problem we’ve got in Washington, D.C., today, Jake,” Crockett claimed.

The spokesman’s flawed understanding of the foundations of the U.S. Constitution, which clearly spells out the separation of church and state, were also apparent when Tapper questioned him on Moore’s previously stated opposition to Muslims serving in Congress.

Crockett falsely asserted: “You have to swear on a Bible to be an elected official in the United States of America. [Moore] alleges that a Muslim cannot do that ethically.”

In fact, elected officials are not required to place a hand on the Christian Bible in order to swear an oath of service.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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