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My wifey's home state continues to embarrass her

Katie just can’t catch a break from me. I tease her about Alabama’s backward racist, homophobic ways, and then yet another story comes forth with characters you just cannot make up. Check out this story from the Birmingham NewsGay book ban goal of state lawmaker.

An Alabama lawmaker who sought to ban gay marriages now wants to ban novels with gay characters from public libraries, including university libraries.

Homophobe redneck Gerald Allen, submitted the bill in advance of the 2005 legislative session, which begins Feb. 1

A bill by Rep. Gerald Allen, R-Cottondale, would prohibit the use of public funds for “the purchase of textbooks or library materials that recognize or promote homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle.” Allen said he filed the bill to protect children from the “homosexual agenda.”

“Our culture, how we know it today, is under attack from every angle,” Allen said in a press conference Tuesday.

Allen said that if his bill passes, novels with gay protagonists and college textbooks that suggest homosexuality is natural would have to be removed from library shelves and destroyed.

“I guess we dig a big hole and dump them in and bury them,” he said.

A spokesman for the Montgomery-based Southern Poverty Law Center called the bill censorship.

“It sounds like Nazi book burning to me,” said SPLC spokesman Mark Potok.

If the bill became law, public school textbooks could not present homosexuality as a genetic trait and public libraries couldn’t offer books with gay or bisexual characters.

Want to give him a piece of your mind? Here’s his contact info (no email is available):

State House: Room 531

11 S. Union Street

Montgomery, AL 36130

Work Phone: (205) 556-5310

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