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  •  I have family in Indiana. (9+ / 0-)

    They're small-minded rednecks who are still in mourning over the demise of Jim Crow.  The 1970s and early feminism were so traumatizing, they've decided to pretend they never happened.  The concept of gay people as normal, happy, productive members of society who should be given all the rights of straights... well, you might as well be speaking in tongues for all they comprehend it.

    "Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom." -- G.W.Carver

    by northbronx on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 07:49:20 AM PST

    •  That may describe your family, but not everyone (6+ / 0-)

      in Indiana is a redneck.

      Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

      by commonmass on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 07:50:18 AM PST

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    •  I married into a progressive Hoosier family (7+ / 0-)

      active in politics, and now live in retirement in Columbus, IN. The Republicans around here and around the country have gotten to be too much for some of my conservative in-laws. Richard Mourdock turned out to be too much even for Mike Pence supporters. My lesbian cousin and her partner are out to the community, and there are many others like them.

      There was a time when the Klan ruled Indiana. It imploded after the Grand Dragon, D. C. "Steve" Stephenson, was convicted in 1925 of multiple rape that drove his victim, schoolteacher Madge Oberholtzer, to suicide, and then he named names.

      Rednecks coming up from Kentucky is an old tradition here, going back to well before Abraham Lincoln, who grew up as a racist, but evolved considerably in Indiana and Illinois, and even more as President.

      The children of the racists and bigots are falling away at a significant rate that gives us reason to expect Indiana to be a regular swing state within a decade, and to turn Blue thereafter. But Marriage Equality is the issue that is running ahead of all other Progressive issues around the country.

      Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

      by Mokurai on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 08:56:20 AM PST

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      •  And the most obnoxious (1+ / 0-)
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        members of my family are the oldest.  But their kids (and even the young-adult grandkids) are still pretty narrow-minded.  Maybe the inflow from Kentucky is reversing, because at least a couple of my cousins have settled down there in recent years.

        Sure as heck none of them know what to do with me, a liberal lefty.

        "Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom." -- G.W.Carver

        by northbronx on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 12:21:18 PM PST

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        •  The generational and demographic shifts (0+ / 0-)

          on most issues come to about 1% of the population each year. So it usually takes about 50 years for a good idea to grow from being able to be talked about in public to majority status. Looking back to Advise and Consent and Stonewall, we are right on track with Marriage Equality.

          Racism has taken much longer, of course.

          Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

          by Mokurai on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 10:11:20 AM PST

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