An Alabama peanut farmer who drove to a Roy Moore rally on Monday to protest the Republican Senate candidate’s extreme anti-LGBT rhetoric, visited The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday to discuss his late daughter.
Nathan Mathis, 74, revealed that his daughter, Patti Sue, came out as gay to him when she was a senior in high school. In 1995, she committed suicide.
Mathis brought a handmade sign to protest Moore on Monday which read:
Judge Roy Moore called my daughter Patti Sue Mathis a pervert because she was gay. A 32 year old Roy Moore dated teenage girls ages 14 to 17. So that makes him a pervert of the worst kind. PLEASE DON’T VOTE FOR ROY MOORE.
Nathan Mathis is here outside the Moore event. He tells me his daughter committed suicide and says Roy Moore called her a pervert because she was gay. “My sign says it all,” he said. pic.twitter.com/5qZnM0IyNJ
— Andrew Desiderio (@desiderioDC) December 11, 2017
Mathis said he didn’t accept Patti being gay until doctors explained that there was nothing wrong with her.
“We took her to other doctors, psychiatrists, everyone told my daughter, ’Patti, you can’t help the way you are,’” he told Ellen. “That’s what made me change.”
Mathis explained that he felt compelled to do something after hearing Moore’s condemnation of his daughter and LGBT people.
“The last thing we needed was Roy Moore in Washington,” Mathis said on the show. “Roy Moore needs to be somewhere gettin’ psychiatric help, that’s where he needs to be.”
Watch the emotional segment, below: