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1 comments | Thursday, June 08, 2006

Yesterday Alabamians overwhelmingly voted not to recognize same-sex marriage by adding a discriminatory law that would forbid same-sex couples from ever having their unions sanctioned by the state. Having grown up in Montgomery, Alabama and witnessed first hand the homophobia and racism that exists there I am not the least bit surprised. This just reminds me that I did the right thing by leaving Alabama at 18 and only returning to visit my family, and if they were not there I’m sure I would never go back.

Joseph Rembert Jr. told the Press- Register he didn't go to the polls solely because of the amendment, but he was glad it was on the ballot. I am all man, so I ain't got nothing to do with that, said Rembert, 32, of Montgomery. I go by what the Bible says—man and woman. (courtesy of Advocate.com) This statement is very typical where I am from and I think unapologetically shameful.

I am just curious to know how my parents voted on this issue. The bigger question is whether or not I will actually have the courage to ask them.


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I remember when the amendment passed here in Missouri. I was crushed--an overwhelming sense of defeat nearly knocking the wind out of me.

While campaigns in the cities went well, the rural towns had been overlooked (I'm assuming, I certainly never considered them).

If not that, despite the conservative tinge of the city you just knew that there's no way they could bring themselves to vote discrimination into the Constitution.

I remember coming home to mailings from Joyce Myers' ministry, reaffirming the "sanctity of marriage" and calling to arms people to support the amendment. This in retrospect was almost as painful as finding out the amendment passed.

It hit so close to home, reminding me that as far as we've come, my mum and I still have a long way to go.

After it all sank in, I wanted to ask her which way she voted. But I reasoned that the ballot is secret for a reason and I was in no position to do so.

June 08, 2006 2:52 AM


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