Same-sex marriage town hall meeting - WVTM-TV Birmingham, AL

Same-sex marriage town hall meeting

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Nearly two weeks ago, the US Supreme Court cleared the way for married, same sex couples to receive federal benefits.

What does this mean for the gay community in Alabama, a state that recognizes marriage as a union between a man and woman?    

The question was raised at town hall meeting.

Some people like the Executive Director of the Alabama American Civil Liberties Union said the topic is relevant.  Susan Watson said same sex-married couples are moving to the state, the military welcomes it and there are multiple bases in Alabama.  Watson said it can also affect a businesses decision to come to an area.

For those reasons and more, she believes it's only a matter of time until homosexual unions are legal in Alabama. 

"I think that nationally there is so much momentum going forward on this issue that it is just steam rolling. The other reason is because young people, you know... it's like what's the big deal? Most of them think that marriage equality is just the right thing to do," Watson said.

Currently there are 13 states, plus the District of Columbia that have legalized same-sex marriage.

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