Republican candidate Roy Moore wants to return to a ‘moral time’ when it was illegal to be gay

Roy Moore announces his plans to run for US Senate in 2020 on June 20, 2019 in Montgomery, Alabama.

Disgraced Republican Roy Moore has called for a return to a time when homosexuality was illegal.

Moore, known for his unsuccessful run for the US Senate in Alabama and for facing allegations of sexual misconduct towards teenage girls, called for a return to a better “moral time” in a speech to the Huntsville Republican Men’s Group.

Roy Moore wants to return to time before same-sex marriage, drag and transgender rights

In the speech, he said: “We have got to go back to what we did back in the sixties and seventies back to a moral basis…. We had abortion laws in our country and our state.

“We did not have same sex marriage. We did not have transgender rights. Sodomy was illegal.

“These things were just not around when my classmates and I went to West Point and Vietnam.”

Roy Moore announces his plans to run for U.S. Senate in 2020 on June 20, 2019

Roy Moore announces his plans to run for U.S. Senate in 2020 on June 20, 2019 (Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

He added: “We [now] have drag queens teaching kindergarten children in this state and this community….in Huntsville in Mobile they taught kids and they dress them up in drag.

“Where does this come from? Gender identity is being taught in California to young kids and parents have no choice but to let their kids be taught that.”

Moore recently announced he is planning to run for the US Senate again in 2020, despite his disastrous loss to Democrat Doug Jones in 2017.

Disgraced Republican has faced sexual misconduct allegations and abuse of power claims

Jones had prevailed after in Moore faced allegations of child molestation, with a total of nine women accusing him of inappropriate sexual conduct.

He has also faced other conduct allegations. Moore formerly served as Alabama’s Chief Justice, but was ejected from the role in 2016 after abusing his authority in a bid to block gay weddings in the state.

The disgraced justice had issued a string of orders declaring the US Supreme Court ruling on equal marriage “doesn’t apply” in Alabama due to state anti-gay laws, and ordered probate judges to enforce a gay marriage ban.

Moore fumed: “This was a politically motivated effort by radical homosexual and transgender groups to remove me as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court because of outspoken opposition to their immoral agenda.”

In a 2015 interview, Moore refused to say whether he supports gay people being put to death.