PREVIEW: Locals organize march against Carbon Hill mayor’s homophobic comments 


Jessa Reid Bolling, Assistant News Editor

WHO: Open to all participants
WHAT: “March on Carbon Hill” 

WHEN: July 8, The march will begin at 6 p.m. and the town hall meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m., a carpool will be available from Canterbury Episcopal chapel at 4:30-4:45 p.m.
WHERE: Carbon Hill, AL – town hall

The “March on Carbon Hill” was organized in response to comments made by a small town mayor who recommended “killing” members of the LGBTQ community. 

Carbon Hill Mayor Mark Chambers responded to a comment on his Facebook page, which read: “We live in a society where homosexuals lecture us on morals, transvestites lecture us on human biology, baby killers lecture us on human rights and socialists lecture us on economics.”

In a separate post, which has since been deleted, Chambers wrote: “The only way to change it would be to kill the problem out. I know it’s bad to say but without killing them out there’s no way to fix it.” 

Chambers has since apologized for his comments but has refused to resign as mayor.

Andrea Hayes, an organizer of the event, said that the march is meant to send a message of love and acceptance in response to Chambers’ comments. 

“No one is safe or free while even one person is not,” Hayes said. “Lives are being threatened. A mayor literally said let’s murder people just because of who they love. How is that okay? When did we let that become okay? And that’s why it should matter to others. The march is a way to say ‘Hey this is not okay, you were wrong.’ We do not condone hatred. We stand for love and acceptance. We stand for unity in diversity. We stand for each other.”