I simply said that I agree with states's rights and I stand by that. Everything is not perfect, but we need to remember, as home brewers, that it can't always be our way, as much as we'd like to think it should be. There are other people's opinions that matter, equally, as much as ours. This applies to ALL issues. In the end, local voice is much more important than federal voice, IMO.
State's rights? This is the same argument used to support several horrendous policies in the past. State's rights are all well and good when they are granting rights to citizens, but to take rights away for no reason other than your beliefs is wrong, majority or not. Whether your neighbor homebrews or not has no effect on you or society in general, it is not a safety issue, no one is harmed, and it is not really anyone else's business.
I'm sure you disagree with the vote, but it shouldn't even be up for a vote. Brewing at home for home use is a matter of personal privacy. These legislators are surely all for freedom and liberty - to do what they
think is right. Where do they stand on other matters of personal freedom? I'm guessing they don't mind where you might carry your gun, but are very concerned with who you might marry and where you might put your penis.
Brewing at home is perfectly legal in Alabama every step of the way up until you pitch the yeast. Why should anyone get to say whether you are allowed to add yeast or not?