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Our first guests say today's ruling by the Supreme Court that it doesn't have they say any effect on existing state definitions of merit.
But both praised the high court's ruling on the voting rights act in immediately affects how some fifteen states will be able to implement laws.
Including voter identification requirements without having to ask the Justice Department -- permission.
Joining us now -- state attorneys general Luther strange attorney general of Alabama Alan Wilson of South Carolina.
Will be joining us here in moments.
-- -- -- good to have you with us.
Let's start where these two decisions.
On merit equal rights.
That would -- -- that you perceive that it might have if any on the state of Alabama.
Well on the case today I don't think they'll be any effect on the state of Alabama we passed the citizens of Alabama passed a constitutional amendment in 2006.
Called the sanctity of marriage act and I don't think that case effects that law at all I expected to remain in effect in.
Your recent report I think it makes the point that I've always maintaining these issues -- issues that ought to be decided by the voters of each state.
Based on -- understanding of the issues and there democratic.
That's the principle that I -- will show through in today's -- -- decision.
In in defense of marriage act turning to that.
If his name it it leaves existing law in an intact.
-- the states also it seems to be at least in the early interpretations.
Not to not to be infringing upon but rather embracing states' rights do you agree without interpretation.
I do -- that there interpretation I'm taking away with that what away from it and I think your point the two cases together the civil video Shelby county case.
Of course the case and Alabama dealing with the voting rights act was another big victory.
For the state of Alabama and really for the constitution because it allows all states to be treated equally recognizes fifty years of fantastic progress.
And racial relations which I'm very proud.
And it leaves in place provisions that allow people to challenged.
Any activity by any government body that they think prods them -- right to vote.
And I want to share with the audience.
And I and everybody watching and listening to you some statistics on Alabama.
Because this requirement under section four that was struck down today.
-- a result.
Well it will be effect will be that section five.
Will go away because section for a formula.
Has been invalidated by the Supreme Court but look at what has been going on if you will.
-- Icrc report that these statistics on the state of Alabama.
It actually happens.
Larger percentages of African American voters registered and voting.
There is less than a 1%.
Black and white -- And Alabama's.
Black voters are actually participating.
In greater percentage numbers.
Of then white voters in the state of Alabama.
Why would that not just be automatically persuasive to the Justice Department.
I understand the requirement here to challenge in the in this Supreme Court.
But in case after case after case and did this the states had shown him and measurable progress.
Why could that not be recognized by this Justice Department.
Well this Justice Department is shown a very.
Our propensity to make race an issue when it's not an issue.
In an Alabama we've made light years of progress the voting rights act was -- necessary.
Very appropriate and very effective remedy.
For some awful behavior discriminatory behavior in the 1960s and seventies that's fifty years ago and -- made tremendous progress.
If you compare interestingly.
The court said you know congress can.
We passed this law and they can define units that need.
States or jurisdictions that need to be covered by the law.
I think if they did that they would find that Alabama far out -- states like Massachusetts and other states in terms of our minority participation.
And our percentage of a minority elected officials I'm very proud of the record we have today.
And person's state of Massachusetts thought among those.
Selected for the Obama Justice Department to review on.
Under the photograph that.
I wanna turn away if I made -- senator sessions and something that he said.
In support report you're you -- just pointed out.
We've heard from the president that it was very disappointing on the voters are rights act.
That Jesse Jackson called -- a devastating blow carrier recalled in the dark days from the Supreme Court.
Senator Jeff Sessions said this.
I don't know what would be needed after this if anybody discriminates voters against voters and Alabama because of the color base of their -- They will go to jail if there's any proof to that.
I wasn't so in 1965.
I think that's a straightforward.
Acknowledgment of the -- progress in the advancement that this country has made.
And I think it's frankly disappointing if I may use the president's word.
That our president would say it's disappointing.
-- and our attorney general -- law enforcement officer not acknowledge the immense progress.
That your state others.
Under this voting rights act.
I have made over the course of fifty years it's astonishing to me.
It's extraordinary for people like me who were I was twelve years old in 1965 -- -- devoted their public career to making sure people are treated fairly.
The generational Bull Connor he's been dead for forty years.
We have a fantastic.
Diverse economy and the first population and -- -- We're no better or worse in other states and union and that's what's so important made this decision recognizes that.
We can now be treated in this area like every other state and if we mess if somebody messed up -- them -- to hold them accountable.
We're not to -- claim to be perfect but that we deserved to be treated like every other state given the tremendous progress we've made and we.
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