Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Alabama faces same-sex marriage while "Selma"plays
The latest news from “Alabama the Beautiful” is that same-sex marriages are on hold, as per the judge Callie Grandade, who had ruled the state’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. The Reuters and Yahoo story is here.
I drove a rent car through the state last May, particularly visiting Auburn, Montgomery, Selma, Tuscaloosa, Birmingham (site of the 1963 church bombing), and Huntsville. I came back through the state from Tupelo, MS. The state looked backward economically to me, even compared to Mississippi, and especially compared to Georgia.
Here’s a Vox article on the conduct of police in Alabama toward more recent student protests, link.
This was the state that gave us George Wallace (as in the movie “Selma”), a "Democrat". An Army buddy back in 1969 said “he wasn’t a candyass”.