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What is it about Alabama (and the South in general) that made it take so long to finally get rid...?

of interracial marriage ban? It took them until the year 2000 to get rid of them, and even then a sizeable minority (about 40%) voted to keep them. Is it because the South is more rural? ================ In many rural, mostly white counties, the amendment either passed narrowly or was defeated. But in urban centers, such as Jefferson County, it passed overwhelmingly. The only public opposition to lifting the ban came from a coalition of chapters of the Southern Party in Alabama. A leader of the Confederate heritage group, Michael Chappell of Montgomery, filed a lawsuit that unsuccessfully sought to remove Amendment Two from the ballot. Chappell said the amendment was vaguely worded and was not needed since interracial couples can now marry in Alabama. At the same time, he added, "Interracial marriage is bad for our Southern culture." http://archives.cnn.com/2000/ALLPOLITICS/stories/11/07/alabama.interracial/ http://www.usatoday.com/news/vote2000/al/main03.htm

Asked By: benM - 1/4/2008
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I'm not from Alabama but I am from the south. I fully support the repeal of the interracial marriage ban, and in general support domestic partnerships: folks should be able to legally join / marry with whatever human they so choose. And I'm an attorney. That's all my disclaimers... More
Answered By: Nan G - 1/4/2008
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because they still hate minorities there? why is it taking so long for gay marriage to pass? is it because people h******y people? yes. in 20 years this question will be asked about homosexuals as well.
Answered By: just some chick - 1/4/2008
 
Good to get rid of dumb laws.
Answered By: phillipk_1959 - 1/4/2008
 
Lots of bigots there still.
Answered By: information_police - 1/4/2008
 
What is it? Haven't you ever seen pictures from the old south? Ever hear the term lynching? Racial hatred runs deeply in the south. Old beliefs are hard to change when they are handed down generation after generation. We've gotten better as a society on the whole but there are still people in this country who hate... More
Answered By: right you are ken - 1/4/2008
 
with the interracial marriage, i guess they believed it would be hard on the children because they wouldn't really know whether they were black or white. and people, all over the country didn't accept them until recent times when it has become more common... More
Answered By: Julie - 1/4/2008
 
Yep. It's what happens when the Democratic Party ran the state unchecked for 120 years. That along with Jim Crow laws, corruption, inefficiency, incestuous relationships with large landowners, terrible schools, regressive taxation and a state constitution that would be the laughingstock of any Latin American country... More
Answered By: paperback_writer2003 - 1/5/2008
 
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