The well-worn path of defiance against the federal courts, and the imagery that invokes, is one the governor ofAlabama said he would rather not travel.
Gov. Robert Bentley, a Republican and a Southern Baptist, said he believes strongly that marriage is between one man and one woman, but that the issue should be “worked out through the proper legal channels” and not through defiance of the law.
The governor noted that Alabama is about to be in the spotlight again with the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was passed after civil rights marchers were attacked and beaten in Selma, Alabama — events chronicled in the Oscar-nominated movie “Selma.”
“I don’t want Alabama to be seen as it was 50 years ago when a federal law was defied. I’m not going to do that,” Bentley said in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press.
“I’m trying to move this state forward.”
In other words, we’ve already lost, and now we’re just trying not to look like bigots while still getting the bigot vote, because the bigots are the Republican party’s eternal political booty call and they never, ever, ever stop believing that someday Republicans will finally put a man-woman ring on it.
I mean, Jesus, enough, okay? Look at this shiz:
— freedomtomarry (@freedomtomarry) February 9, 2015
Love won. It took far, far longer than it should have. This should never have been a thing, but love won anyway.