Los Angeles (WTVY)-- Nathan Mathis, the Wicksburg man who this week criticized U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore for calling gays perverts, will appear today (Friday) on the “Ellen” show. Mathis and Warner Brothers, the television program’s distributor, confirmed he was in Los Angeles Thursday to tape the show.
Ellen DeGeneres donates $25,000 in memory of Patti Sue Mathis as father Nathan Mathis of Wicksburg appears on her television program. Photo from December 15, 2017.
Mathis received national attention after holding a sign outside Moore’s Midland City rally Monday that read “Judge Roy Moore called my daughter Patti Sue Mathis (who committed suicide) a pervert because she was gay. A 32-year-old Roy Moore dated teenage girls aged 14 to 17. So that makes him a pervert of the worse kind.”
He was referring to allegations that Moore illegally fondled a 14-year old girl while he was Etowah County assistant district attorney in the 1980’s. Other women allege Moore was inappropriate with them when he was in his 30’s and they were teens. Moore denied the unsubstantiated allegations.
Mathis told reporters he rejected Patti Sue Mathis upon learning she was a lesbian. “I said bad things to my daughter myself, which I regret. But I can’t take back what happened.” While their relationship later improved Patti Sue took her own life in 1995 at the age of 23.
Mathis isn’t sure why she committed suicide but believes ridicule endured because of her sexual orientation was a contributing factor. His son also committed suicide.
Moore, defeated Tuesday by Democrat Doug Jones, is opposed to same sex marriages and believes homosexuality should be against the law. Mathis said people with those beliefs should not hold public office.
“You’re supposed to uphold the Constitution. The Constitution said all men were created equal. But how is my daughter a pervert just because she’s gay,” Mathis asked.
Former chairman of the Houston County Commission and state lawmaker Mathis, in 2016, made an unsuccessful but impressive showing in a race against Republican U.S. Representative Martha Roby.
In honor of Patti Sue, Ellen donated $25,000 to The Trevor Project which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth, courtesy of Shutterfly.
The “Ellen” show airs at 4:00 p.m. Friday on WTVY. ''