Target: U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade
Goal: Praise the decision declaring Alabama’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional.
U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade has ruled that Alabama’s “Sanctity of Marriage Amendment,” which banned gay marriage in the state, is unconstitutional. The judge’s decision specified that the amendment violates the U.S’s 14th amendment right to equal protection by refusing gay couples the right to marry, and also harms children being raised by gay parents by denying them comforts and security afforded to other children.
This decision is another victory in the ongoing struggle against the oppression of gay individuals throughout the U.S., one which is playing out state-by-state across the country. The overturning of Alabama’s anti-gay amendment, along with the recent decision allowing gay couples the right to marry in Florida, are particularly meaningful considering that both are deep south states, a region traditionally known as a stronghold of reactionary conservatism.
While it is too soon to celebrate victory considering Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange’s motion asking for a stay of the decision, the same maneuver last month by Pam Bondi in Florida was denied by federal courts, meaning that Alabama’s standing ban on gay marriage will likely be coming to an end.
Celebrate Judge Granade’s decision–the most recent milestone in the long battle for LGBT equality in the United States.
Dear Judge Granade,
I would like to personally applaud your recent decision declaring Alabama’s ban on marriage equality to be unconstitutional. Thanks to your decision, as well as those of your contemporaries in other federal districts, the once-entrenched practice of denying marriage equality to gay couples is unraveling state by state.
The fact that Alabama is commonly known as being among the nation’s most conservative states adds extra symbolic weight to your decision. If the rights of gay couples to do what is best for themselves and their families can find acceptance in deeply conservative states like Alabama, it demonstrates that the goal of marriage equality is ultimately attainable for all Americans.
The recognition of gay couples’ right to marry shows not only respect for the rights of people wishing to be married, but also for children and people who may depend on such a union to provide a comfortable, nurturing home environment. We, the undersigned, wish to extend our thanks to you for demonstrating your commitment to providing equal justice for all people, promoting the well-being of children of gay parents, and demonstrating that progress toward marriage equality is possible in any part of the country.
[Your Name Here]
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