In Alabama, both houses of the state legislature are controlled by the Democrats. By a vote of 30-0, the Alabama Senate voted to place prohibiting gay marriage on the June 2006 ballot. There was only a small handful of dissenting votes in the House.
With these sorts of numbers, it’s obvious the Democrats are no more concerned about the rights of homosexuals than the Republicans are. Based on these numbers, it’s likely that the key opposition votes in the constitutional referendum will come from Libertarians, Greens and independent voters.
In order to ensure that Alabama votes the way the legislature wants, they established June 6 as the date voters decide on this constitutional amendment. What’s significant is that June 6 is the Democratic and Republican primary election date. With a very heated gubernatorial election, poll turnout will likely be high for the Republicans and Democrats, but the third-party and many independent voters aren’t allowed a dog in this race.
With respect to gay rights, George Wallace’s quip about there not being a dime’s worth of difference between the two parties comes to mind.
With respect to the election date selected, it’s just a continuance of the deplorable state of affairs within Alabama politics.