I don’t know how much solace we can take---some, at least---in the fact that the forces of joy came a lot closer to winning one in Colorado. Close enough that this coming fall’s election can easily change it.
One thing we shouldn’t do, besides lose heart. Get mad at the entire state of North Carolina.
It’s not a North Carolina thing. Or a southern thing. Maine and Pennsylvania have outlawed marriage equality.
And Connecticut, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, Iowa, and the state of Washington don’t have it because it was enacted by a popular vote. Here in New York it was the work of the state legislature, with four brave Republican state senators providing the very small margin of victory. And in Massachusetts a court decided enough was enough. And then another court ruled that the state legislature couldn’t pass an amendment to the state Constitution, thwarting an effort by that well-known closet moderate, Mitt Romney, who once boasted he was to the left of Ted Kennedy on gay rights, to have it put up for a popular vote. And remember, in liberal Boston, gays still aren’t allowed to march as out and proud gay Irishmen and women in the St Patrick’s Day Parade.
And then there’s California.
So we shouldn’t single out North Carolina for our anger.
Besides, we need the state to stay blue come November.
Here’s the thing. The President may be playing it too cagey, but if he’s re-elected he will be appointing the judges who will be deciding the larger victories for the forces of joy.
The Right knows this. They don’t hate him just because he’s black.
Updated because now they really hate him, but then who don’t they hate?:
Mr Pierce on the President’s completed evolution.