Notorious homophobe and accused child molester Roy Moore was beaten in this week’s Alabama senate election by Doug Jones, who becomes the state’s first Democratic senator since the 1990s.

The election was called after Republican Jeff Sessions, who’s also known for his bigotry, stepped down to become US attorney general.

Many expected Moore to come out on top, given that the overwhelmingly conservative state voted for Donald Trump by more than a two-to-one margin over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

Jones will now serve until January 2021.

Moore has consistently caused controversy for his questionable views – earlier this year it was unearthed that Moore had once compared sex between two consenting adults of the same sex to bestiality during a 2005 interview.

“Homosexual conduct should be illegal,” he said. “Just because it’s done behind closed doors, it can still be prohibited by state law. Do you know that bestiality, the relationship between man and beast, is prohibited in every state?”

A decade later, in 2015, Moore suggested being forced to follow the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling was the equivalent of being forced to kill people under immoral German laws in World War II.

“Could I do this if I were in Nuremberg, say that I was following the orders of the highest authority to kill Jews?” he asked. “Could I say I was ordered to do so?”

Moore also faced several scandals throughout his now-defunct senate campaign, including multiple allegations of sexual assault and claims that he dated teenage girls – one as young as 14 – while he was in is 30s, which no doubt affected his votes.

Chad Griffin, the President of the Human Rights Campaign, celebrated Moore’s “monumental” defeat and praised Jones for his win.

“Tonight, in rejecting avowed bigot Roy Moore, Alabama voters solidified once and for all that attacking and demonising the LGBTQ community is a sure-fire way to get yourself beaten on Election Day,” he said.

“Doug Jones’ victory in Alabama is monumental, and was made possible by the overwhelming and unprecedented, grassroots resistance of ordinary Alabamians against the politics of hate and division.

“The American people will no longer tolerate discrimination against their family, friends and neighbours.”

Meanwhile, President Trump – who supported Moore’s bid for senate despite the accusations against him – also congratulated Jones on his “hard fought” victory, proclaiming on Twitter: “A win is a win.”

 

This article was originally published on Gay Times Magazine. Read the original article.