LGBT Activists Push Lawmakers at Vigil to Protect Victims of Hate Crimes
It's been 14 years since a man was brutally murdered for being gay... and on Sunday, the Montgomery community came together to honor him and others during the 15th annual Vigil for Victims of Hate and Violence.
Billy Jack Gaither was a homosexual man who went out with friends one night. He was beat to death for being gay. For the past 14 years, dozens stand together, like they did Sunday, so his death is not in vain.
Dozens gathered on the steps of the state capitol in response to the brutal murder of a Sylacauga man -- Billy Jack Gaither. Some, knew Gaither and shared what they believe happened to him.
Each year the Billy Jack Gaither Humanitarian award is presented at the vigil. This year, Gwendolyn Manjarrez won for being active in Alabama's immigration reform.