Could Alabama Follow Arkansas Allowing Gay Marriage?


By Ellis Eskew

     Dozens of gay couples are getting marriage licenses in Arkansas after a judge said the state's gay marriage ban was unconstitutional.
  Alabama has similar laws when it comes gay marriage, so could a judge force Alabama be the next state to follow?

Gay marriage. It's a topic people on both sides of the issue feel passionate about.
And after an Arkansas judge overturned the ban on gay marriage in the state, it leaves some Alabama voters a little worried if their votes actually matter.

"Absolutely, we are voters and we are supposed to have a voice and choose our leaders. And if they aren't doing what we feel like is right for us, then it's hard. And where do you go?" said Christina Nelson.

While Christina Nelson is against gay marriage.
Others see it differently.

Yoshiko Givner says, "I mean you have to evolve with the times. Now days, that's what is going on. Gay marriage is the top thing."

As candidates in the River Region get ready for primary elections in just a few weeks,
we asked some of them how they feel about the Arkansas ruling and if it could happen here.

"I absolutely think it could happen. I think there are activist judges in Alabama as well as Arkansas, California, New Jersey, Maine. I think they are everywhere," said Bill Harris, Rebuplican Senate District 30 Candidate.

Bill Harris opposes gay marriage.
He believes, if elected, there would be a way to defend the values of his constituents.

" A federal judge's authority will only go so far, and at some point, the elected officials , executive branch can stand up and say we will not abide by this," said Harris.

But not all candidates see the issue the same way.
In fact, some don't want government involved at all.

 "I would not want anyone telling my father, brother , sister that is bisexual or gay that they couldn't do what they want to do. I totally support them in their efforts we need to keep the government out of people's households," said Erick Wright, Democratic 2nd Congressional District Candidate.

Alabama is one of 30 states that have passed amendments stating marriage is only between a man and woman.

Same sex marriages and civil unions were banned in Alabama by the Sanctity of Marriage Amendment in 2006. The amendment passed by 81percent of votes.

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