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The Montgomery area food bank will celebrate the grand opening of their newly expanded facility. The expansion was built onto the existing facility on Trade Center Street.The newly expanded facility isMore >>
The Montgomery area food bank will celebrate the grand opening of their newly expanded facility. The expansion was built onto the existing facility on Trade Center Street.More >>
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The strategically positioned southeastern Ukraine town of Novoazovsk appears firmly under the control of Russia-backed separatists as concerns grow about the opening of a new front in the Ukraine conflict.More >>
"Russian forces have entered Ukraine," the country's president declared Thursday, cancelling a foreign trip and calling an emergency meeting of his security council. Reports from analysts to separatist rebels to NATO...More >>
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The search area for a missing Malaysian airliner in the southern Indian Ocean has been refined based on the latest analysis, while the investigation into how the plane came to crash cannot proceed until the...More >>
Just weeks before the hunt for the missing Malaysian airliner is set to resume, an Australian official said Thursday that the sprawling search area in the southern Indian Ocean may be extended farther south based on a new...More >>
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A Butler County family can't believe that the man convicted of their loved one's death has been allowed to leave prison and work near where they live and where the crime happened. Bobby Ray McCombs brothersMore >>
A Butler County family can't believe that the man convicted of their loved one's death has been allowed to leave prison and work near where they live and where the crime happened.
Todd (D-Birmingham) became the first openly gay public official in Alabama when
she was elected in 2006 to represent the 54th District.
She says she has no confidence that the state legislature will legalize same sex marriage in Alabama.
"It's got to be in the courts. We are not known for legislative acts on civil rights until the federal courts mandate we do something, so this has got to be a court decision," she said.
Todd said Wednesday she has retained a lawyer and she and her partner are researching their options, which could include filing both federal and state lawsuits.
"Jennifer Clarke and I will be filing a challenge to Alabama's Constitutional Amendment banning same sex marriage following the Supreme Court decision," Todd said in an emailed statement.
She says attorney Joel Dillard will represent them in the lawsuit.
Todd is asking other same sex couples who were married in another state and live in Alabama to join their lawsuit so they can possibly turn it into a class action suit.
The Alabama Policy Institute, a think tank in Birmingham, doesn't believe a lawsuit will go very far.
"Alabama's law that doesn't recognize gay marriage seems to be the default position for the state," Cameron Smith with the API said.
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, who was in Birmingham Wednesday, said he believes Alabama's ban against same sex marriage will withstand any court challenge.
"My position has been all along the states should decide those issues. That is my understanding and I hope the courts recognize that principal as well," Strange said.
Cumberland law school dean John Darroll says the U.S. Supreme Court may have struck down the Defense of Marriage Act but the justices did not mandate Alabama and other states to accept gay marriages.
"I think it sends the message that the court is still hesitant to on the big issue in the hits case whether states have to recognize some same sex marriages. They clearly didn't say that in this opinion," Carrol said.