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Alabama's State Motto Is Something Governor Kay Ivey Ignores

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Audemus jura nostra defendere” is the state motto for Alabama, which I believe is Latin for "We Dare Defend Our Rights" or "We Dare Maintain Our Rights.” A motto that is depicted on the state’s coat of arms.

Marie Bankhead Owens, director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History, coordinated the design for the coat of arms — she was the aunt of bisexual actress Tallulah Bankhead.

The state motto to defend rights is at odds with action from some state lawmakers and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey. And it apparently does not apply to LGBTQ+ Alabamians.

Rather than daring to maintain the rights of all of Alabama’s citizens, the legislature has introduced five bills targeting transgender youth this year, and two were signed into law by Governor Ivey, who is facing serious challenges from extreme conservative candidates in the Alabama primary on May 24.

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