So everyone's probably seen by now that there is a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in my home state. No surprise that it passed, but still...
I feel like making a thread about gay marriage in a politics forum is almost like "What's your opinion on abortions," or like "What's your favorite Offspring song ? " would be in GOD, but it's topical so what the hell. I actually came back from my crazy road trip a day early just to vote against this bitch.
Basically everyone I know opposed the amendment, except for a few of the Christian Bible-thumpers from my incredibly small, incredibly Christian high school (about half of whom went to college and denounced everything and became rampant liberals, LOL). My facebook is absolutely blowing up right now, but I hate getting into debates on facebook so I've stayed silent. It does frustrate me to see overreactions to it, though. Stuff like "My state is so full of uninformed bigoted rednecks, bla bla bla I'm moving to San Francisco/Canada/Mars." I can't think of anything lamer than moving just to be around other people who already think exactly like you. You can find a community that suits you in any city so long as you're not lazy. Subcultures and counter-cultures exist everywhere, and they get more shit done than people who preach to the choir all the time.
If this had just been a vote on a bill to legalize gay marriage, and the "No" votes won, I wouldn't be upset at all right now. People turned out in pretty good numbers and a large number of people spoke strongly in favor of equality. But the thing is, this is an amendment. This was devised by a state senator (and widely known bigot) solely to make it more difficult for the next generation to legislate gay marriage. And he did it just in time, not mincing words, for the bill's supporters to still be alive.
Just earlier today I was in Asheville, NC. I didn't like it much- it's got some nice scenery around it, but the city itself is the perfect example of one of those places where people move to be around others who are exactly like them. But even though it's full of annoying hippie freaks, I appreciate that a place like that can exist in a southern state. NC also has a lot of universities and a few other liberal hubs, so I guess I'm semi-hopeful that the climate will improve enough to do something about this in the not-so-distant future, but I was kind of hopeful that that would have already happened. Harumph.
I probably wouldn't have even made this thread because it's not a very original debate topic, except I wanted to continue Sidewinder's thumbs-down-to-southern-states theme.