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”. 

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