The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act. The measure grants legally married same-sex partners the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples. Several justices dissented in a 5 to 4 vote. Alabama is one of 35 states that have law banning same-sex marriage. The state's first openly gay public official says in light of the ruling, she and her partner will file lawsuits challenging Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage. State Representative Patricia Todd says she and her partner Jennifer Clarke have hired an attorney and are seeking others who wish to participate in the suit.
Gay Marriage Opposed
Alabama's GOP chairman says the U.S. Supreme Court decisions favoring gay marriage are an affront to Christian principles and hurt taxpayers. Republican Party chair Bill Armistead says the decisions will put Alabama taxpayers "on the hook" for funding federal benefits to homosexual couples.
Verizon Wireless has announced that its high-speed 4G LTE Network has been substantially completed in Alabama just two years after being launched in Montgomery and Mobile. To celebrate, the phone giant officials say they are awarding four grants worth a total of $100,000 dollars to four Alabama organizations.