Saturday, January 24, 2015

Alabama Echoes

Yesterday a federal judge struck down Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage.  Alabama--yes, Alabama--becomes the 37th state to legalize gay marriage.

US District Judge Callie V.S. Granade ruled that the 2006 Sanctity of Marriage Amendment, which prohibited gay marriage in Alabama, was unconstitutional.

There was a collective heart attack in the Heart of Dixie.

The Alabama attorney general filed a motion asking Granade to issue a stay until the US Supreme Court gets down to business.  And 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.