Montgomery Reacts To Same Sex Marriage Ruling
After speaking with Alabama lawmakers today, it doesn't look like the state is going to allow same sex marriage any time soon. There's currently a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, which would require a vote by the state's population to change.
Today's decision will let gay couples have the same benefits as traditional couples, if gay marriage is legal in that state. It's currently illegal in Alabama and Republican Senator Dick Brewbaker says it doesn't look like that's going to change.
"I think the current stance in alabama is, and most of the elected officials do not favor legalizing gay marriage, period. I don't think there's any chance that the legislature is going to enact any laws that seek to support what the supreme court did today," said Senator Brewbaker.
Democratic Representative Joe Hubbard is concerned that this will turn in to a major political issue in the state and overshadow issues like job creation and the economy.
"That's not to say that there aren't some in the legislature or elsewhere in state politics who might want to make a politlcal issue of this for the upcoming elections. I fully anticipate that. Which is unfortunate because for all intents and purposes we're still clawing our way out of a very deep recession," said Representative Hubbard.
But others in Montgomery are hopeful that this is the start of a change nationwide and here at home. Montgomery resident Scott Page was anxiously awaiting the Supreme Court's decision this morning.
"We should all be given the rights and the privileges of being americans and being happy and in love I believe. But I'm very happy and pleased with the results," said Page.