Alabama, known as the gayest state in America, is once again under the microscope.
This time it’s the story of one man, the man who, for better or worse, changed the course of the state’s political life.
And now it’s coming back to haunt him.
The story is that the man, then-state Sen. Luther Strange, who would go on to become governor and become one of the most divisive figures in modern Alabama history, was gay.
He was gay when he married his wife, Betty, in 1996, but not until a few months later.
When he was still a senator in 1997, Strange was forced to resign amid allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior.
Strange eventually apologized to his wife and apologized publicly for his behavior.
But a year later, a federal judge dismissed the suit, ruling that the Alabama Supreme Court had not given him due process and the allegations did not rise to the level of a “compelling federal claim.”
In an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour last month, Moore said that when he met his wife in the early 1990s, “we had some sort of sexual relationship.”
Moore said that at one point in their marriage, he “grabbed her breasts, put his hands on her breast area and told her, ‘This is a great time for you to have a threesome.'”
Moore told Amanpour that he and Betty had been married for eight years and that he thought he was “married for life” and “she just didn’t believe me.”
When Moore told Betty that he was gay, she told him she was “going to tell the truth” about their relationship and that she believed him, Moore recalled.
Moore said he was unsure what to do, and he asked Betty if she would come with him.
But when they arrived at his hotel room, she “grabmed” his genitals and he was unable to move.
He said he went to his bedroom and “said to myself, ‘If I just go to the bathroom, there’s no way I’m going to be able to get out of this situation.'”
After he went into his room, he told his wife that she was being a “whore” and that if she told anyone about it, he would “go to jail.”
“I said, ‘What do you want me to do?
Are you going to tell me what I’m about to do?’
I said, `Tell me I’m being a whore,'” Moore said.”
He went to jail for six months and that was it,” Moore said, noting that he eventually became an alcoholic.
But as a result of the allegations against him, Alabama voters decided that he should not serve in the state Senate.
And when Moore lost that race, he was elected to the Senate again in 2002, a seat he would have held for a decade.
Moore also said that he had never slept with a woman and that “I don’t have any girlfriends.”
He said that the “hurt and anger” of Betty Moore’s allegations “seemed to come from her own mouth.”
“She told me to lie about it and tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth, and I did that,” Moore told Amanpisode.
Moore has said that while he believes the allegations are “fabricated,” he has not made any kind of denial or apology.
“It’s all a lie,” he said at a campaign event in June.
The allegations have not stopped Moore from being elected to other positions, however.
In December, he became the first openly gay person elected to statewide office in Alabama.
He was also appointed to the state Supreme Court.
In addition to his current position as a member of the Alabama House, Moore is currently the chief justice of the Court of the Judiciary, where he has presided over the court’s highest court for seven years.
He is also a member on the Alabama State Supreme Court, the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals and the Alabama District Court.
Moore is also the chairman of the Ethics Commission.
While the allegations have made him an unlikely candidate for governor, Moore has nonetheless become an icon for the state of Alabama, and in some ways has become the face of the country.
He became a Republican in 1997 when he won his first election for governor.
In 2013, he helped to secure the GOP nomination for governor of the Lone Star State by beating former Governor Robert Bentley.
In 2015, he won reelection to the U.S. Senate by an overwhelming margin of 67.7 percent to 23.3 percent.
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