Billy Jack Gaither

Vigil Honors Hate Crime Victims

The annual Vigil for Victims of Hate and Violence brought dozens of supporters out to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Montgomery Sunday. The vigil honors Billy Jack Gaither, who was reportedly beaten and burned for being a homosexual in Sylacauga 1999. Since that day, a vigil has been held every year– to remember Gaither and other victims of hate crimes….

Hate Crime Vigil

Held in memory of the murder of Billy Jack Gaither in Sylacauga in 1999

The annual vigil for hate crime victims was held this rainy Sunday on the Capitol steps. Next year will be the 20th year for the vigil, which began as a way to draw attention to the murder of a gay man, Billy Jack Gaither, in Sylacauga. The two men convicted of the murder—Steven Mullins and Charles Butler were sentenced to…