You can change the location at any time. For most of more than four decades as a couple, Elliott Mitchell and Clark West have lived quietly, building careers and sharing a deep love for their alma mater, the University of Alabama. Mitchell, 65, and West, 60, met at UA in 1972 and sex in stadium video been together since.
Married in Hawaii in 2013, they live in Sarasota, Fla. We’ve spent most of our lives together being quiet, because of business or not wanting to rock the boat,” West said. But for several years they have worried about opposition to same-sex marriage rights in their home state. Those concerns have grown since the firestorm that followed a federal court ruling striking down Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban, as judges and politicians scramble to deny and delay at every turn. 1 million to the university a decade ago. They say the recent events here reinforce their decision, and they aren’t sure they will ever spend another night in the state. They fear that gay couples in Alabama face a long struggle for rights that won’t end even if the U.
Supreme Court strikes down state bans on same-sex marriage this summer. They are going to contend every single right that inherently comes with that decision of the Supreme Court,” Mitchell said. If they can find a sufficient reason to delay those benefits, they’re going to do it. Those benefits of marriage, affecting spousal rights, taxes and finances, are what the debate should be about, they say. We never expect and never want people to change their religious views,” Mitchell said. Just give us a document that gives us the same rights as you have.
Some Alabama counties, but not all, issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples temporarily after the ruling in January by U. But the Alabama Supreme Court ordered a halt to same-sex marriages on March 3. That decision came in response to a request from two groups, the Alabama Policy Institute and the Alabama Citizens Action Program. Eric Johnston, a lawyer for ALCAP, said the law, at least for now, is on Alabama’s side. Johnston noted that even the Supreme Court decision in 2013 striking down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, hailed as a victory for gay marriage rights, indicated that it was up to states to define marriage. Eighty-one percent of those voting approved Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage in 2006. We have a right in Alabama to define marriage,” Johnston said.
West grew up in Dothan, son of a Southern Baptist minister. He said he has known he was gay since he was 3. His parents abandoned him and his siblings when he was 7, and he lived in the Baptist Children’s Home in Troy. Mitchell was moved to a group home in Birmingham when he was a teenager.