Gülay and I want to send a huge thanks to everyone who participated in Love Letters To Russia. As you know, the LGBTQ community still faces discrimination worldwide, the United States included. In my home state of Alabama, a discriminatory law banning same-sex marriage was struck down on January 23 by U.S. federal judge Callie V. Granade. She was then pressured to issue a stay until February 9. On that day, the stay was lifted, providing a brief window of time when LGBTQ citizens where able to marry. However, on March 3, the Alabama Supreme Court ordered all counties in the state to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses. The government of Alabama has done everything they can to stop progress. They have ignored federal law and stalled the initial ruling. The Alabama Supreme Court halted the marriages and the House of Representatives Judicial Committee has now brought forth a bill, HB 56, that protects discrimination by allowing government officials to deny basic rights based on their personal religious beliefs. HB 56 goes to the floor for vote on Tuesday when the House convenes.