A few thoughts on the Amendment 1 vote and its aftermath:
Got a call from someone in DC yesterday wanting to know if I wanted to interview a person or two about President Obama’s announcement that he’s OK with same-sex marriage. I said ‘no thanks.’
It’s not that I don’t appreciate the move, but in the wake of the overwhelming Amendment 1 vote here in NC. I’m not so much into DC. I think they – the people who are awash in campaign money – let us down. I think they made a strange calculation based on, something – I don’t know the Cracker Index – and said ‘forget fighting this.’
I sincerely hope this isn’t what we’ll see in the general election.
One of the things that is starting to bug the shit out of me is this idea that because the counties that voted against have colleges and higher numbers of college-educated people, educated people are more tolerant. I haven’t seen the social science behind such a sweeping thought but I think while it makes people feel better about themselves in the midst of a heartbreaking defeat it is exactly the kind of thing that the pro forces like to seize on when warning people about the elites of the state. Being snooty about where you live is not a political strategy. You’re not going to win hearts and minds looking down on folks.
It’s also a little off the mark to say that the education level of folks in the various against counties are higher simply because they have colleges in them. If you look at the counties, you may note that most, if not all, also have major medical centers in them. A lot of degree holding people in the medical world.
Finally, I think those charts that pointed out what would happen if Amendment 1 passed (a lot of discrimination mostly) and what if it didn’t (nothing) need some updating.
What’s really happening is that local elected homophobes are moving to get rid of partner benefits for same-sex and opposite-sex couples. And people who want to get married and can’t are doing some civil disobedience. You shouldn’t be surprised by either move. The vote was the beginning of a long, protracted fight. The whole mess is headed to court, probably several courts. In some places, local governments will have to pay a serious chunk of change to either get rid of the benefits or keep them.