Focus on the Family founder James Dobson and evangelist Franklin Graham are praising former chief justice Roy Moore as he heads into Alabama’s Republican Senate primary runoff on Tuesday.
Moore is challenging incumbent Republican Sen. Luther Strange for the senate seat.
As the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Moore was criticized by some in 2016 for directing Alabama courts to stop issuing gay marriage licenses despite a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court.
Moore was suspended in September 2016 and resigned in April, announcing a bid for the Senate.
In a statement, Dobson said he had known Moore for more than 15 years.
"It is my distinct honor to endorse Judge Roy Moore for the United States Senate," Dobson said in a statement shared with The Christian Post. "I urge the people of Alabama to rally behind a righteous and upright man who will bring leadership, integrity and strong conservative values to Washington D.C.
"I can personally attest to his impeccable character as well as his sincere Christian faith," Dobson added. "Throughout his career, Judge Moore has been a tireless champion of religious liberty, standing down those who want nothing less than to rid our nation of its Judeo-Christian foundations."
Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, released a statement on Facebook, saying he “admires” Moore.
"I met Judge Roy Moore last year when I held a prayer rally at the capitol in Alabama. I admire the fact that he's got guts. Over the years he has been suspended for standing for his faith," Graham said. "He's one of the few willing to stand firm for truth and against the erosion of Biblical principles. He sets a good example for all of us. God bless him — he and his family have my prayers."
Photo courtesy: Facebook/Roy Moore
Publication date: September 26, 2017
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