Alabama is the 22nd U.S. state, admitted to the Union on December 14, 1819. Its largest city is Birmingham, and its capital city is Montgomery.

LGBT Rights in Alabama: Since the passage of the Alabama Amendment 774 by 81% in June 2006, both same-sex marriage and civil unions have been banned by Alabama's state constitution. Current state hate crime law does not apply to crimes committed based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.

Current challenge to Alabama's same-sex marriage ban: Hard v. Bentley.

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Woman charged in murder of son’s partner after shooting him in the back

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- An Alabama woman is charged with murder for allegedly shooting her son's long term partner in the back at a truck stop in McCalla, Ala., on Monday evening. [ Read more → ]
SPLCPaul Hard, right, with his husband David Fancher at their wedding in Marconi Beach, Mass. on May 20, 2011.

Mother who opposed her deceased son’s same-sex marriage intervenes in lawsuit

Thursday, April 3, 2014
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The mother of an accident victim is now involved in a federal lawsuit filed by his same-sex partner, who is trying to overturn Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Patricia Todd

Gay Ala. lawmaker angry over passage of anti-gay marriage resolution

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — An Alabama lawmaker has accused her colleagues of using deception to pass a resolution urging an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Bishop Melvin G. Talbert

Complaint filed against retired Methodist bishop for presiding over gay wedding

Friday, March 14, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A retired United Methodist bishop who performed a wedding ceremony for two Alabama men after they were refused permission to marry in the church now faces formal complaints over the ceremony. [ Read more → ]

Judge: Married same-sex couple can’t divorce in Alabama

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- A judge ruled Wednesday that two women who were legally married in Iowa can't divorce in Alabama, which doesn't recognize same-sex marriages. [ Read more → ]

Freedom to Marry launches $1 million marriage equality campaign in U.S. South

Monday, February 24, 2014
NEW YORK – Freedom to Marry, the advocacy campaign to win marriage equality nationwide, on Monday launched a $1 million multi-state campaign to build majority support for marriage in the South. [ Read more → ]
SPLCPaul Hard, right, with his husband David Fancher at their wedding in Marconi Beach, Mass. on May 20, 2011.

Advocacy group files lawsuit challenging Alabama same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, February 13, 2014
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on Thursday announced a federal lawsuit challenging Alabama laws that refuse to recognize lawful same-sex marriages. [ Read more → ]
Dave Martin, APRoy Moore

Ala. chief justice calls for constitutional convention to ban same-sex marriage

Thursday, February 6, 2014
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama's chief justice, known on the national stage for fighting to display the Ten Commandments in a judicial building, is jumping into the gay marriage debate with his push for a states-led constitutional amendment defining the institution as a union between one man and one woman. [ Read more → ]

Ten attorneys general file brief supporting Nev. same-sex marriage ban

Monday, February 3, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and top law officers from nine other states are fighting a lawsuit challenging Nevada's same-sex marriage ban, arguing no fundamental right to same-sex marriage exists. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Mike D. Rogers   (R-Ala.)

U.S. congressman blasted for anti-gay remarks to Ala. realtors group

Sunday, February 2, 2014
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- An Alabama gay and lesbian advocacy organization and the state association of realtors are blasting an Alabama congressman for making statements they consider inappropriate and offensive. [ Read more → ]
Bishop Melvin G. Talbert

Methodist bishops plan complaint over retired bishop officiating gay wedding

Friday, November 15, 2013
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. -- The United Methodist Council of Bishops on Friday said it plans to file a complaint against a retired bishop who performed a wedding for two gay men in Alabama. [ Read more → ]
Joe Openshaw (right) and Bobby Prince

Methodist bishop performs gay wedding in Ala. despite church opposition

Saturday, October 26, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A retired United Methodist bishop performed a wedding for two gay men Saturday in Alabama despite opposition from other church leaders. [ Read more → ]
Bishop Melvin G. Talbert

Retired Methodist bishop to officiate gay wedding in Ala. despite objections

Monday, October 14, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A retired United Methodist bishop from Tennessee said Monday that he will perform a wedding service for two men in Alabama despite opposition from the presiding bishop, who says the ceremony will violate church law. [ Read more → ]
Dean Young

From Alabama with love: One congressional candidate’s pledge of hate

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Did you know that in Mobile, Ala., there were nine Republicans running in a special election for Alabama’s 1st Congressional District. And you're probably are wondering why you should care about this if you don’t live in the State of Alabama. You should care because one of these candidates – Dean Young - challenged the other eight to sign a pledge saying that, if they get elected, they will take any and all active steps to oppose same-sex marriage... [ Read more → ]
Patricia Todd

Alabama’s first openly gay lawmaker marries longtime partner

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Alabama's first openly gay legislator has married her longtime partner at a ceremony in Massachusetts. [ Read more → ]
Jose Cicahua-Perez

Dreams deferred: Why we need immigration reform

Sunday, September 1, 2013
A pathway to citizenship would give my parents, and our country’s 11 million aspiring Americans, the chance to come out of the shadows and live their lives with pride. ... I know what it’s like to be forced into two closets, unable to openly share your immigration status and sexual orientation. That’s why I’m thrilled that the LGBT community is standing up for immigration reform... [ Read more → ]

States must respect the rights of LGBT parents

Sunday, August 25, 2013
In a country where so many politicians espouse “family values” and the importance of parents in a child’s life, it’s remarkable how quickly those beliefs go out the window when there’s an opportunity to shame and bully an LGBT person. It must stop. An estimated 650,000 same-sex couples live in the United States, and 19 percent of same-sex couple households have minor children... [ Read more → ]
Stephanie Petelos

Alabama GOP won’t silence same-sex marriage proponent

Saturday, August 24, 2013
MONTGOMERY, Ala.-- Alabama's Republican Party decided Saturday against a rule meant to silence a young party leader who supports same-sex marriage, even though the party doesn't share her view. [ Read more → ]

Alabama government agency prays against gay marriage

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
The Alabama Public Service Commission kicked off a meeting on power rates last week with a prayer against gay marriage and reproductive rights. John Delwin Jordan, who was at the meeting to testify on behalf of the Prattville Tea Party, opened up the meeting in prayer after receiving a laudatory introduction by Twinkle Cavanaugh, the head of the PSC. [ Read more → ]
Pastor Greg Walker

Ala. pastors ban Boy Scouts from church over support of ‘sinful lifestyle’

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Some Alabama pastors say Boy Scout troops will no longer be allowed to meet in their churches after the Boy Scouts of America voted to allow openly gay scout members. [ Read more → ]

The worth of your child in Alabama Public Schools: $2,655

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The Lauderdale County Board of Education in Florence, Ala. has decreed that Queer students, racial minority students, overweight students, or any students that do not meet the standards of normalcy of the local community are worth precisely “2 weeks suspension without pay.” For the average teacher in Alabama this comes to roughly $2,655. [ Read more → ]
Bob Grishamvia Times Daily

Alabama high school coach suspended following anti-gay classroom rant

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The Alabama public school high teacher and football coach who was secretly recorded in a classroom setting making derogatory comments about gays and First Lady Michelle Obama, has been suspended. [ Read more → ]
Bob Grishamvia Times Daily

Alabama high school teacher slurs gays, First Lady in classroom rant

Friday, February 1, 2013
ROGERSVILLE, Ala. -- An Alabama high school teacher and football coach has been secretly recorded in a classroom setting launching verbal tirades directed at First Lady Michelle Obama and LGBT people. [ Read more → ]
Derek ShroutBooking photo.

Teen ‘white supremacist’ arrested in plot to bomb school in hate crime attack

Monday, January 7, 2013
PHENIX CITY, Ala. -- Derek Shrout, a 17-year-old self-proclaimed white-supremacist, was released on a $75,000 bond Monday evening after being arrested Friday for planning to kill six students and a teacher in a bomb plot. Five of the intended victims were African-American, while one was gay. [ Read more → ]
Mallory OwensImage via: WALA-TV

Victim in Thanksgiving beating disavows statement released on her behalf

Thursday, December 6, 2012
The attorney representing Mallory Owens, the Alabama woman who claimed that she was brutally beaten by her girlfriend's brother on Thanksgiving Day, has quit without after Owens told a local television station that the statement released Friday on her behalf was mostly fiction. [ Read more → ]
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