Riley Calls for Gay Marriage Referendum

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Alabama Gov. Bob Riley wants to see a state wide referendum on gay marriages to be placed on the November ballot.

Riley called for the state legislature to pass a constitutional amendment that outlaws gay marriages during a news conference earlier this week.

"I think this is something that is so important, I think the majority of the people in Alabama believe that marriage should be between a man and a women, I think the people of Alabama have the right to vote on it, to express their opinion. This is going to be a national debate that will occur over the next year or two and I think Alabamians want to be included, certainly not excluded, from that debate," said Gov. Riley at a news conference last week.

It is already against the law in both Mississippi and Alabama for gay couple to wed, but a state constitutional amendment would forbid courts from ruling otherwise.