Fresh off a successful campaign for a referendum that eliminated civil unions for straight and gay couples alike, the North Carolina Republican party convened to draft a special message for the most put-upon segment of the Tar Heel state.
The It Gets Better message is right there in the party's platform, adopted over the weekend…
Government should treat all citizens impartially, without regard to wealth, race, ethnicity, disability, religion, sex, political affiliation or national origin. We oppose all forms of invidious discrimination. Sexual orientation is not an appropriate category.
Congratulations, wealthy people. How long must you wait to throw off the shackles of North Carolina's mildly progressive state income tax? Not long! How long must you wait for an education funding formula that funnels funds to affluent districts? Since that's the way education money is already allocated — Not long!
Unfortunately for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trangendered individuals, it does not appear to be getting better, despite the state's recently acquired purplish tinge in national elections. It's one thing to omit protections for LGBT individuals, another to explicitly deny that such protections are worth considering.
In addition to raising difficult questions — is it okay to discriminate against a rich gay person? What if they're really rich? — this kind of bullying formulation brings to mind a recent study purporting to show that "homophobia is more pronounced in individuals with an unacknowledged attraction to the same sex." The research fits with casual observations indicating that the virulence of anti-gay sentiment is ironically correlated with the diameter of the stick up one's ass. In which case, North Carolina Republicans are all sporting Romney plugs.
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Tags: LGBT, Marriage Equality, North Carolina, Republicans