HB56 Passes Alabama House Judiciary Committee

Author: HRC Alabama
Published: Friday 6th March 2015
Summary: H.B. 56 does not represent Alabama values like fairness and loving your neighbor as yourself.

Alabama's House Judiciary Committee advanced H.B. 56, which allows probate judges and public officials to cite a religious reason for denying marriage licenses, putting interfaith couples, interracial couples, same-sex couples and unions where one partner is a divorcee at risk. HRC Alabama strongly condemns the legislation, which opens the door to a wave of lawsuits.

"H.B. 56 does not represent Alabama values like fairness and loving your neighbor as yourself. The bill's foundation is rooted in a motivation to discriminate," said HRC Alabama state director R. Ashley Jackson.

"H.B. 56 will open the door to a wave of unintended consequences for countless Alabamians, and we strongly urge members of the Alabama House to reject the bill."

The bill would also allow a religiously-affiliated hospital or other institution to refuse to recognize marriages it disagrees with.

This would empower a religious hospital to refuse to allow a legally-married spouse to make medical decisions for their incapacitated partner or allow a religiously-affiliated university to refuse to provide appropriate tax documents to an employee who has divorced or remarried.

HRC Alabama will provide updates on the legislation as new details emerge.

The organization is activating its members across Alabama to contact their elected officials in opposition to the bill.

HRC Alabama is working to advance equality for LGBT Alabamians who have no state or municipal level protections in housing, workplace, or public accommodations; legal state recognition for their relationships and families; and state protections from hate crimes.

Through HRC Alabama, we are working toward a future of fairness every day changing hearts, minds and laws toward achieving full equality.

Similar Topics

From our America section - Full List (61 Items)

Send us your coming events and LGBTQ related news stories.

1.3 Million Adult Immigrants in the US Identify as LGBT

Disability in Erotica

Diversity in the Television Sector

LGBT Community Connectedness Differences Between LGB Republicans and LGB Democrats

Black Men and Sexual Minority Men Overrepresented in U.S. Among Commited Sex Offenders

Over Five Million LGBT Adults in the U.S. are Religious

Canada Reintroduces Legislation to Criminalize Conversion Therapy Related Conduct

No Difference in Health Outcomes for Transgender and Cisgender Parents

Tsara Shelton
"Storytellers are powerful and we are all storytellers," suggests Tsara Shelton, author of the book Spinning in Circles and Learning from Myself: A Collection of Stories that Slowly Grow Up..

LGBT Awareness & Events
List of important LGBT awareness dates and coming sexual diversity events.

Transgender Reporting Guide - English
Guide for those writing on transgender and LGBT community - Spanish Version.
Sexuality Definitions
List of definitions and glossary of sexual terms, abbreviations and their meanings.