Leslie Robinson

Marriage in Alabama: A Heart Attack in the Heart of Dixie

Filed By Leslie Robinson | January 27, 2015 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Alabama, Gov. George Wallace, Sanctity of Marriage Act, Speaker Mike Hubbard, US District Judge Callie V.S. Granade

woman-fainting-dramatically.jpgOn Friday a federal judge struck down Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage. That ruling has been briefly stayed, but Alabama -- yes, Alabama -- may well become the 37th state to legalize marriage equality.

When U.S. District Judge Callie V. Granade ruled that the 2006 "Sanctity of Marriage Amendment" -- which prohibited same-sex marriage in Alabama -- was unconstitutional, there was a collective heart attack in the Heart of Dixie.

Republican Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard released a statement saying:

"It is outrageous when a single unelected and unaccountable federal judge can overturn the will of millions of Alabamians who stand in firm support of the Sanctity of Marriage Act. The Legislature will encourage a vigorous appeals process, and we will continue defending the Christian conservative values that make Alabama a special place to live."

Politicians like that make Alabama a special place to live indeed. So, so special.

With his heated reaction, it's not hard to imagine Speaker Hubbard adopting the approach of a bygone Alabama politician. As then-Gov. George Wallace stood in the door of an auditorium at the University of Alabama to block court-ordered school desegregation, maybe Speaker Hubbard will stand in the entrance of a Montgomery church in order to prevent a gay wedding from taking place.

This time, the Alabama National Guard won't be needed. One angry Alabamian wedding planner -- with a schedule to keep and 40 pounds of boiled shrimp threatening to go bad in her backseat -- will put the blowhard in his place. Right in the camellias.

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