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11/17/2005

Alabama lawmaker to brutally attack gay hate

by Jeremy Hooper

    Responding to the brutal attack on a gay man committed last month in Montgomery, Alabama state Rep. Alvin Holmes (pic.) has announced that he will attempt to pass a bill amending the state's hate crime laws to include sexual orientation. Speaking to the Montgomery Advertiser on why it's taken so long for Alabama to address gay-related crimes, Holmes says,

"Alabama has always been the last to grant equal and civil rights to people," the lawmaker said. "It's not as overt as it used to be, but there's still a lot of racism in the state of Alabama."

Which confounds us. Is there like a rule that in locales below the Mason-Dixon line, things like discrimination are to be just a little more accepted? Kind of like how we all just sorta tolerate that when we wear suede it will rain or that everything following "Weekend Update" on SNL is likely to be pretty shitty, we just all go along with the concept that the South is innately filled with a tad more bias?

"Oh, a cross burning. But it's in Mississippi -- yea, that makes sense."

NOOOO; it doesn't have to be that way! It's time the South stepped up its inner-beauty in the area of bias and diversity to match its gorgeous exterior and lush landscapes. (And this Southern-bron reader means that sincerely -- the South is frickin' gorgeous!)

If you'd like to read more about Holmes's attempts, the Montgomery Advertiser story is below. Just be careful to not trip on our soapbox on your way to the link.

Leader targets anti-gay crimes [Montgomery Advertiser]

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