Sad but unsurprising

North Carolina, where I live, passed an anti-gay marriage amendment yesterday (I guess now we’ll find out if amendment opponents were right and it will have a number of ugly side effects supporters insisted would never happen [Digby discusses some of the known effects]).
I’m not surprised enough to be disappointed. While Durham-Raleigh-Chapel Hill is a liberal, collegiate area, a lot of this state is still rural Southern, much like northwest Florida. That’s not a gay-friendly environment (though I know people in the boonies in both states who support gay rights and one openly gay politico got elected in NC yesterday). It’s a primary election with a Republican primary on the ballot (albeit the nominee is already known) so the Repubs had much more reason to get out the vote. And I suspect a lot of straights who support (or at least don’t oppose) gay marriage didn’t vote because they’ve got other stuff to do and it’s not like this affects them personally; gay-marriage opponents, on the other hand, feel it affects them or their faith very personally.
In the long run, it’s no big deal: Even one of the legislators who pushed the amendment says it’ll be overturned in 20 years, as a younger, more gay-friendly generation grows up and votes. I’m quite sure that before I die (assuming I die of old age), gay marriage will be legal, everywhere (I just hope Rick Santorum and his ilk are around to see it happen).
But that’s easy for a straight married guy to say. In the long run, loving gay couples will be sundered by death without ever having the chance to marry. This amendment is a shitty and unfair deal for gays and I think that makes it shitty for society as a whole.
I’m sure we’ll hear announcements from the anti-marriage forces that the people have spoken and they have the right to ram their view of God (as some people admit they’re doing in the first link above) down everyone else’s throats. Please remember they’re lying. As I’ve noted before, the opponents don’t give a damn about the process, only the outcome: If the people had spoken in favor, we’d be hearing screams about how this violates the rights of everyone who doesn’t want gay marriage and how we need a Constitutional amendment at the federal level to shut “the people” up. Any political decision that blocks gay marriage is legitimate; any decision, whether by courts, legislatures or the public that gives gay people rights, is bad.
Don’t be fooled.



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