A campaign strategist for Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore called homosexuality "a destructive lifestyle" on Tuesday while defending Moore's controversial views on the issue.

As voters headed to the polls Tuesday for the Alabama special election, NBC host Chuck Todd asked adviser Dean Young if Moore believes homosexuality should be illegal.

"Illegal? No, but he disagrees with it," Young responded. "He knows that homosexuality is something that is not what he would consider the normal course of life for people, and he knows that its a destructive lifestyle."


Another campaign aide had said earlier Tuesday that Moore "probably" still believes that homosexuality should be outlawed, after his infamous 2005 C-SPAN2 interview where he said "homosexual conduct should be illegal." 

"Judge Moore is very clear, he believes that marriage is between a man and a woman," Young said on NBC.

Moore, a self-declared champion of religious liberty and conservative values, infamously protested a 2003 federal court order to remove a statue of the Ten Commandments he commissioned inside the Alabama Judicial Building that led to his removal as chief justice of the state's Supreme Court.

The former judge stands accused of sexual misconduct by several women who claim Moore pursued them when they were teenagers between the ages of 14 and 18.