SPLC headquarters gets protested.
A CofCC member in Chicago paid to send out a press release all over the nation. So far there have been mentions in the media in Seattle, San Francisco, Houston, Chattanooga, Washington DC, Boston, and more.
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Members of two conservative groups carried flags and signs Friday outside the Southern Poverty Law Center to protest the center’s challenge of Alabama’s sanctity of marriage laws.
Protesters with the League of the South and the Conservative Citizens Council carried Alabama state flags along with the flag of the Kentucky Orphan Brigade, which fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War.
Michael Hill, chairman of the League of the South, said the protest was “a demonstration of support for the idea of Christian marriage.”
“Just because people may have been, quote, married, doesn’t necessarily mean the state has to recognize it,” Hill said.
The SPLC filed a lawsuit earlier this year on behalf of Paul Hard, who married David Fancher in Massachusetts.
Fancher died in a traffic accident, and although Hard was named as the sole beneficiary in Fancher’s will, he is unable to collect proceeds from a pending wrongful death lawsuit.
The lawsuit contends that Alabama’s Marriage Protection Act and Sanctity of Marriage Amendment violate the equal protection and due process clauses of the 14th amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
“Alabama’s laws violate the U.S. Constitution because they strip same-sex marriages from recognition without good reason,” said Sam Wolfe, an attorney with the Southern Poverty Law Center who represents Hard.
The Sanctity of Marriage Amendment received the support of 81 percent of Alabamians, but Wolfe said that a popular vote does not override the Constitution.
“The law is clear that voters may not pass unconstitutional laws by ballot,” he said.
Brad Griffin, a board member of the Council of Conservative Citizens, said same-sex marriage is a “novelty” that the founding fathers never even considered as an issue.
“The idea that it is against their constitutional rights, I just don’t think it is true. I don’t think it holds water,” Griffin said.
The SPLC considers both the League of the South and the Conservative Citizens Council to be hate groups, pointing in part to what it describes as racist writings by Hill and other members.