Saturday, January 24, 2015

Alabama judge strikes down ban on gay marriage

A U.S. district judge struck down Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage after two women sued the state for failing to recognize the couple's union.

Cari Searcy and Kimberly McKeand were married legally in California and have been together for 15 years. But the issue of their rights as a couple came about after Searcy's petition to adopt McKeand's 9-year-old son was denied.

Alabama and Mississippi have the reputation as the most conservative places in the old Southern states in the U.S.

Alabama's adoption code gives a person a right to adopt a spouse's child. But because Alabama doesn't recognize their marriage, Searcy could not qualify for adoption.

Of course, Cari and Kimberly are very pleased with the court's ruling. 

Justice and equality should be guaranteed to everyone and I am proud to know that now is true in Alabama.


Cari, Kimberly and their son

Love wins on 2/3 of U.S.


  1. The entire USA should have marriage equality by the end of June -- the US Supreme Court is expected to issue its ruling then, before the summer recess begins.

  2. We have a temporary setback. The presiding judge in the case has let the State of Alabama has a short say -- to see if they can get a higher court to overrule her decision. The stay was issued until February 9, and higher courts have refused to extend stays in Florida which is in the same 11th circuit court. . So we have to wait a few days for this to take effect.

  3. By Marvin Quinn:

    Cracking the Bible Belt!

  4. By G. Donald Hamilton:

    How many more states need to see the light before all win with L-O-V-E?

  5. By Gilson Rome:

    All right Deep South, time to go into the 21st. Century.