Equality is upon us in Alabama!
A lesbian couple by the names of Cari Searcy and Kim McKeand, from California, moved to the beloved city of Mobile, Alabama, a few weeks ago. They found out that the State Government of Alabama did not recognize their California marriage. The couple decided to challenge the piece of legislation to repeal it. About a week ago, U.S. District Judge Callie ruled that the ban was unconstitutional. “It has been an emotional roller coaster,” Cari Searcy told reporters about her reaction on the ruling. There was just one bump in the road.
During the process, the judge decided to put the decision on hold for 14 days to give the Alabama Attorney’s Office time to look over the case. What’s funny is that the sweet couple didn’t break a sweat. “We just have to wait a couple of more weeks; no big deal. We’ve been waiting nine years,” Cari stated.
Having the legal right to get married was not the only reason why they went to challenge the ban. They also have a 9-year-old son. The marriage ban recognized that McKeand is the only mother. Furthermore, Searcy won’t be able to have any jurisdiction over the child. That means if their child is in the hospital in critical condition, then Searcy will not be able to see her child, simply because she has no legal right and the ban forbids her to do so.
Searcy and McKeand considered doing the adoption process in another state, but decided to fight for their rights in their new home state of Alabama. “That would have been the easy way out. And the cheaper way, frankly,” Searcy said.
All in all, the ban was ruled un-constitutional, and same-sex couples would be allowed to marry in the state of Alabama on February 9th, 2015. In general, there are multiple cases around the United States in very similar aspects. One by one, all the states have received these cases and have been struck down. Some believe it is only a matter of time until every state has made gay marriage legal. There are 36 states on board with 14 remaining.
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