Human Rights Campaign endorses Doug Jones

October 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Repoter

The Human Rights Campaign announced that it was endorsing Democratic candidate Doug Jones for U.S. Senate.

Jones is running against former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore (R). Judge Moore has often clashed with the gay rights group over the years.

“Doug Jones has pledged to serve all Alabamians, including LGBTQ people,” said Eva Kendrick, HRC Alabama state director. “In this election, the choice between Roy Moore and Doug Jones could not be more stark. Moore has never passed up an opportunity to promote bigotry, division and extremism, while Doug Jones has staked his career on fairness, equality and a positive vision for Alabama’s future. HRC is proud to endorse Doug Jones and work to help him become the next U.S. Senator from the state of Alabama.”

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Tankersley Exit Interview Part 2: No rules, no order

August 1, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

“Our State needs so much help. There is such a lack of confidence in our elected leaders. The Ethics Commission can help restore that lost confidence,” said Dr. Stewart Hill Tankersley in a recent interview with the Alabama Political Reporter.

Tankersley Exit Interview Part 1: Success, collusion, and dismay

While he sees the Ethics Commission’s Executive Director, Tom Albritton, as a champion for a more efficient organization, he worries that the Commission could undercut Albritton’s determination to run an honest shop.

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Ivey signs Adoption Bill

May 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, May 3, 2017, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) signed House Bill 24 into law. HB24, sponsored by State Representative Rich Wingo (R-Tuscaloosa) protects the religious liberties of faith-based adoption agencies. The bill protects the rights of the faith based organizations that they can not be forced to place children in homes that are living a lifestyle which the faith based group finds morally objectionable in some way.
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SPLC, HRC, and HB 440: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Cosmic Struggle Between Good and Evil

April 24, 2017

By Sam McLure
Alabama Political Reporter

Every good story has character development and plot. So, let’s start with character development.

First, Human Rights Campaign: HRC’s stated mission “envisions a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people are ensured equality and embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.” In order to achieve that mission, HRC has one large and lofty legal goal – that the Federal Government will classify a homosexual lifestyle as a protected class.
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Sen. Phil Williams: Alabama “bathroom bill” has been misinterpreted

January 11, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Sen. Phil Williams, who has prefiled a “bathroom bill” known as the Alabama Privacy Act, believes it has been misinterpreted as requiring bathroom “police” to monitor users’ gender in every restroom in the State.

“One of the complete fabrications or misinterpretations about the bill is that it requires an attendant to be in the bathroom, checking people’s gender, giving them permission to use the facilities and so on,” Williams said in an exclusive interview with APR. “It requires there to be a staff person whose job it is to address the public concern. You will have to have that or you will face civil penalties.”

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HRC Alabama Blasts Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore Over Stall Tactics

June 8, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, June 7, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Alabama blasted Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore for what they claimed were stall tactics to delay responding to charges by the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) that his defiance of federal marriage equality rulings violated judicial ethics rules.

The HRC said in a statement that, “After more than a year of trying to deny loving same-sex couples their constitutional right to marriage, it is well past time for Chief Justice Roy Moore to be censured for disregarding the laws of our nation.”
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Human Rights Campaign and Young Democrats Rainbow Caucus Applaud Moore’s Suspension

May 9, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, May 7, the Human Rights Campaign and the Alabama Young Democrats Rainbow Caucus both released statements applauding the decision by the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission to suspend Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore (R).

HRC Alabama State Manager Eva Walton Kendrick said, “Roy Moore is an embarrassment to the state of Alabama. He has repeatedly used his authority to discriminate against LGBT people and their families, and to defy federal marriage equality rulings. Moore’s suspension is welcome news, and we expect the Ethics Commission will permanently throw him out of office after reviewing his pattern of intentionally flouting the laws he vowed to uphold.”
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Lawyers for Chief Say Complaints Are Political, Others Disagree

April 28, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY— At a media-packed press conference on Wednesday, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore and his attorneys, called upon the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission (“JIC”) to dismiss unfounded and politically motivated complaints filed against him by the Southern Poverty Law Center (“SPLC”), People for the American Way, the Human Rights Campaign, Ambrosia Starling, and others.

Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, said the complaints filed against Chief Justice Moore were not about ethical misconduct, but instead, were an attack on his statements and administrative orders about the legal status of Alabama’s Sanctity of Marriage laws.
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Human Rights Campaign Endorses Hillary Clinton

January 21, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, January 19, former Secretary of State and Democratic Presidential Candidate, Hillary Clinton, released a statement thanking the Human Rights Campaign for their endorsement in the 2016 Presidential Campaign.

Secretary Clinton said, “I’m honored to receive the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign—the nation’s largest organization working to achieve full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans. Thanks to the Human Rights Campaign and millions of advocates across the country, we’ve made tremendous progress. But our work is far from over. Too many LGBT Americans still face discrimination—in employment, in housing, in education, in health care—because of who they are or who they love. And the stakes in this election couldn’t be higher. The Republican candidates for president have not only hurled hateful, insulting rhetoric about the LGBT community—they’ve made it clear that if elected, they will roll back the rights that so many have fought for.”
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Chief Justice Moore Orders Probate Judges to Stop Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

January 7, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, January 6, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) issued a ruling to Alabama’s Probate Judges ordering them not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The twice popularly elected Chief Justice wrote that, “The administration of justice in the State of Alabama has been adversely affected by the apparent conflict between the decision of the Alabama Supreme Court in API and the decision of the United States Supreme Court in Obergefell (v. Hodges).” Obergefell v. Hodges is the landmark 2015 US Supreme Court ruling that turned millennia of precedent on its head by demanding that states issue state marriage licenses to homosexual couples. Chief Justice Moore, as the Administrative Head of the Unified Judicial System of Alabama, ordered that, “Until further decision by the Alabama Supreme Court, the existing orders of the Alabama Supreme Court that Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary to the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment or the Alabama Marriage Protection Act remain in full force and effect.”
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