What do electricity rates and marriage equality have to do with one another? Apparently, everything, if you live in Alabama. Last week, the state’s Public Utility Commission began a public meeting about rates with a prayer against marriage equality. The invocation came from John Delwin Jordan, a Baptist preacher who was at the meeting to testify as a representative of the Prattville Tea Party. Jordan had been given a warm introduction by Twinkle Cavanaugh, the head of the Commission.
Jordan asked attendees if they believed in the power of prayer and then went on with one of his own. “We’ve taken you out of our schools; we’ve taken you out of our prayers; we’ve murdered your children; we’ve said it’s OK to have same-sex marriage, God. We have sinned.”
What should have been a conversation about whether Alabama Power should get to keep some impressive profits or return them to rate payers became a conversation about pressing social issues. Guess who won that debate? In case you need a hint, now might be a good time to invest in Alabama Power. Marriage equality in the state? Not so much.