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Why the University of Alabama May Have Lost Millions Over Gay Rights

The University of Alabama could have gotten up to $18 million from two generous alumni, but because of the state’s increasingly outdated stance on gay marriage, the former students will be putting their money elsewhere.

Elliot Mitchell and Clark West share fond memories of meeting in college, and because of their positive experiences at Alabama, they planned on leaving their entire estate, which is worth up to $18 million, to the school. They’ve even donated $1 million before, according to, including $400,000 in donations to Alabama’s liberal arts college and its business college. They’ve also been Alabama football season ticket holders.

But because the southern state hasn’t been generous to the gay rights movement, the Florida residents just don’t want to support a state institution in Alabama.

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