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Bill Says No Alabama Residents Are Inherently Evil

The Associated Press, March 5, 2002

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP)A bill has been introduced in the Alabama Legislature to declare that no class of Alabama citizens is "inherently evil."

State Rep. Alvin Holmes, D-Montgomery, said he introduced the bill Tuesday in response to a recent written opinion by Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore that homosexuality is "inherently evil." Moore's declaration was made as the Supreme Court awarded custody of children to a heterosexual father instead of a lesbian mother.

Holmes said he wants to make sure that some future court does not interpret Moore's opinion to be the law of the state of Alabama.

"This clears up that matter of what's evil," Holmes said.

Moore has said he based his opinion on common law. Holmes' bill says that interpretation should not be considered part of Alabama law.

"Any interpretation of common law or any provision of statutory law that has been or may be cited to declare any class of citizens to be 'inherently evil' is null and void," the bill says.


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