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Alabama Senate Passes Gay Marriage Amendment

Talibaman Sen. Roger Bedford is protecting “future generations” with the amendment; Sen Hank Erwin appropriately, read the Bible in chambers about marriage.

Hopeless. The vote was 35-0. Gay folks in Alabama your state doesn’t like you and your tax dollars are going to support the very officials that are going to make you a second-class citizen. Heaven help you because when it goes to a vote before the public, it’s going to be a slam dunk for the American Taliban. A firm date has not been set for the election. The amendment is so important that the state may spend $3 million of your tax dollars for a special election. (

The first bill passed in both the Alabama Senate and the House in the new legislative session is a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages in the Bible Belt state.

The Senate voted 35-0 Tuesday for the constitutional amendment. It now goes to the House, where members voted 85-7 Tuesday for an identical proposal. Either the House or the Senate will have to pass the other chamber’s version before the constitutional amendment can go before voters in a statewide referendum. Alabama has had a law since 1998 that bans gay marriages, but legislators — both Democrats and Republicans — said a constitutional prohibition would be stronger.

It will be a safeguard for future generations,” said Sen. Roger Bedford, D-Russellville. Sen. Hank Erwin, R-Montevallo, read aloud from the Bible about marriage and told his colleagues, “We have always been a traditional family state that says we support one man and one woman in a marriage.”

In the House, members debated the proposal for about three hours with several black lawmakers complaining that the House needed to be working on more urgent issues. “This bill is not necessary, but here we are with the first bill on the first day using time that could be well spent looking at ways to improve the quality of life for citizens who live here in Alabama,” said Rep. Laura Hall, D-Huntsville.

Howard Bayless, a board member of the gay rights group Equality Alabama, called the constitutional amendment “mean spirited and intolerant.” He said Alabama’s gay citizens are being treated like blacks were in the 1950s and 1960s.

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