How low can you go? An anti same-sex marriage protester has shamefully laughed at a gay man talking about the death of his husband.
The appalling incident happened on Monday on the steps of the Alabama Supreme Court following an address by the state’s suspended chief justice, Roy Moore.
The homophobic and religiously conservative Moore is facing charges of ethical violations after he illegally ordered judges in Alabama to refuse to marry same-sex couples, defying the Supreme Court’s June 2015 ruling legalising same-sex marriage.
After Moore spoke, some of his supporters repeatedly interrupted a separate nearby press conference by LGBT group Human Rights Campaign on the steps of the court, in which LGBT people spoke out about their experiences.
As one man, Dr. Paul Hard, opened up about his struggle to have his late spouse acknowledged as his husband, one of Moore’s supporter responded by laughing out loud.
In mocking tone he spat out at Hard: “You can’t have a husband!”
Writing for AL.com, John Archibald expressed his shock at the man’s inhuman cruelty, writing that “there is a point at which the anger becomes irreconcilable with the religion. That point came Monday”.
He asked: “How can any man, no matter his position on Roy Moore or any issue, stand before another and mock his pain? How can one stand under the banner of God and laugh at another man’s death? How — in the name of God — can one deride genuine grief?”
Archibald added: “Christians cannot let these people define their religion. All they have is volume. As a substitute for moral authority.”