Go Back to California

Those words were apparently spoken in 2002 by a current GOP Congressional Candidate for the state of Alabama to Gay Rights Activists in Alabama at the time.

Republican congressional candidate Dean Young, who will face off against fellow Republican Bradley Byrne in a runoff election in Alabama’s 1st district on Tuesday, said in 2002 that gay rights activists should “go back to California or Vermont or wherever they came from” if they don’t like the policies in the Yellowhammer State.

In 2002, then-Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore argued in an opinion on a child custody case that homosexuality is an “‘inherent evil against which children must be protected.” Moore’s ruling was met with backlash from gay rights activists, who called for the judge’s resignation.

After a rally against Moore at the state Supreme Court, Young, then the executive director of the Christian Family Association, spoke out in defense of Moore’s opinion.

“[Homosexuality is] a deviant lifestyle. It’s a destructive lifestyle,” Young said, according to reports in the Associated Press and the Montgomery Advertiser. “If they don’t like the laws of Alabama … then maybe they need to go back to California or Vermont or wherever they came from.”

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