The Birmingham City Council just passed a resolution of tolerance similar to the one defeated just weeks ago. This resolution promotes tolerance and respect for all residents and visitors, and condemns racism, bigotry, homophobia and other forms of discrimination, and encourages Birmingham to embrace diversity.
"Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama and it is an important part of us changing the hearts and minds of the people of this state, " said Howard Bayless Board Chair of Equality Alabama. He went on to say, "Today is an important day for the LGBT community. Today is the day we can look to and say now we have a place here. We have a place in Alabama that we are WELCOMED."
This is one spot in Alabama where progress is being made, and the work of Howard and Councilwoman Abbott and the many bloggers and email writers and others who made this possible are certainly appreciated.
Just on the heels of this we learned that Jerry Falwell has died. Falwell has been a voice for intolerance and homophobia, and lets hope that his message of bigotry and hatred dies with him. My condolences to his family.