Ala. Dem Declares Support for Man-Mule Marriage 'as Long as They Get Along'

Barbara Boland
By Barbara Boland | April 15, 2014 | 11:39 AM EDT

Alabama state representative Alvin Holmes (D-Ala.) thinks that it's okay for someone to marry a mule, he said when he called in to a local radio show Wednesday. Holmes has been criticized after he said he'd pay $100,000 in cash to anyone who could show "a bunch of whites" that had adopted black babies in Alabama. Beverly Owings organized a rally to show Holmes just that.

The local radio show WVAS featured Beverly Owings who called out Holmes for his comments that white families don't adopt black children because of racism. The radio show extended its time because of the number of callers.

Holmes himself called in to the show, and you won't believe what he said on air, which left radio host Rob Taylor shaking his head in disbelief.

Holmes said, "First of all, my statement, that I made was that the majority of white people in Alabama was against interracial marriage." Holmes cited a vote from November 2000 when a law prohibiting interracial marriage was overturned, as proof that a "majority of whites" are against interracial adoption.

Then, Holmes declared his support for man-mule marriage - as long as they're compatible:

"Now, I'm for interracial marriage. I'm for same-sex marriage. I'm the one that introduced the bill to have same-sex marriage. I don't care who marry who. If a man meet a little mule and he wanna get married to the little mule, as long as he and the little mule get along alright, that's fine with me. It doesn't bother me any kind of way."

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In support of his claim that whites don't support interracial adoption, he said: "Do you think the white people of Alabama would let me adopt a white baby?" he asked.  "Do you think the white folks in Alabama, the white authorities will permit Alvin Holmes to adopt a white baby in Alabama? Now just answer that yes or no."

Owings responded "yes - but I will tell you, after what we went through in the adoption process, if I had made the negative, racist statements that you have made, then no, they would not have allowed me to adopt a biracial child."