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A father holds his son at a trans racial adoption rally in Montgomery, Ala., Wednesday, April 9, 2014. (abc3340.com) A father holds his son at a trans racial adoption rally in Montgomery, Ala., Wednesday, April 9, 2014. (abc3340.com)
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A statement made on the floor of the state house last month in Montgomery got a loud reply this afternoon from angry parents.

State representative Alvin Holmes (D) Montgomery, said republican lawmakers would support abortion if their daughters became pregnant by black men. Holmes later said he would offer $100,000 cash to anyone who could show "a whole bunch of whites" have adopted black children in Alabama.

Today at the state house, white parents who adopted mixed race or minority children said it's time for Holmes to 'pay up.'

Beverly Owings is an adoptive mother of a 13-year-old bi-racial daughter. "I would like for him to 'man up.' He's made the statement. He needs to put his money where is mouth is."

Owings, a supporter of trans racial adoptions in Alabama, is part of a movement called Faces of Families in Alabama.

Supporters of trans racial adoptions rallied this afternoon to show that families shouldn't be defined by race.

Owing's husband Jeromy, says his family has worked hard to break down racial barriers

"After we work on it and work on it to have an elected official that can come in and make those comments and tear down everything that we've worked hard for. It puts a question in their minds of 'Do I belong?' 'Where do I belong?"

Now, Owings demands a public apology from representative Holmes.

Several attempts to reach representative Holmes for an interview did not receive a response

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