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Instead, focus. Low-information North Carolina voters in sufficient numbers -- the rural clueless -- were ready to lead it headlong into the past.

But just because those rural voters are backwards doesn't mean you should reject North Carolina categorically. Be a high-information boycotter: if you're visiting or otherwise involved with the state, boycott the counties where the amendment won.

Driving through? Don't buy gas in 'em.

Vacation? Pick a place where the yahoos were turned back.

Support the counties where the amendment didn't pass. Reward the places where residents understand what equal protection is.

The state, generally, will suffer economically as a result of passing Amendment 1. The reasons have been diaried elsewhere and I don't need to repeat them. A comparative economic disadvantage is its own punishment. Let's just say modern industry demands a modern social climate.

(I'm from Maryland, where there's an attempt to put the brand-new same-sex marriage law on the ballot in a November referendum and have it rejected. I find it hard to believe that this state wants to be added to the list of social basket cases. But this is not a ballot measure to amend the state constitution, just an attempt to shoot down the law. In Maryland, you can subject laws to a referendum; yet we don't have recall elections like Wisconsin.)

With the President's support for equal rights coming a day after the vote, North Carolina is not just the 30th state which has erected a stupid legal framework around equal rights. It's become the poster state, the very symbol, of a certain brand of bigotry. No one will remember the 29 other states, but they'll associate North Carolina with backwardness just as the word "Selma" is symbolic of the 1960s civil rights struggle.

Maybe Kossacks from the Carolinas can help everyone, in the comments, by identifying the places where the amendment lost. And each of us can get behind the towns and counties where the residents aren't afraid to look ahead.

Just a thought.


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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)

    Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

    by dadadata on Thu May 10, 2012 at 04:32:00 PM PDT

  •  Have relatives there. NC is dead to me. (4+ / 0-)
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    Mannie, jakedog42, Hastur, Palafox

    The big question is: will the DNC have the brains to move the convention to a union state, or will they exert maximum effort to throw the easiest election in history?

    No longer rating comments, thanks to a cowardly fucktard moderator whose ass I will not kiss.

    by khereva on Thu May 10, 2012 at 04:35:20 PM PDT

  •  totally agree. NC has come very far... (3+ / 0-)

    The people who voted were GOP primary voters... the most conservative nuts of the nuthouse.  If this was on election day, this would not have happened.

    I was disappointed but that is why the GOP made certain this was done on their primary.

    The Seminole Democrat
    Waking up Florida one person at a time

    by SemDem on Thu May 10, 2012 at 04:37:24 PM PDT

  •  North Carolinian here (7+ / 0-)

    I was totally against the amendment as were many college educated people here.  Don't punish us for joining 30+ other states with anti gay votes.  Rights shouldn't be voted on by the public in the first place.

    If you punish North Carolina, then punish California and the other states as well.  Instead of retribution, let's focus on education and pursue remedies through the courts.

    Re-elect President Obama so he can shape the Supreme Court to bring marriage equality in time for all of the US.

    •  From NC as well. The 'state hate' is alive & well. (1+ / 0-)
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      historys mysteries

      Obviously, all of this is the fault of NC alone.

      Perhaps the other states will send construction companies to start excising the land mass that is North Carolina so it can be officially removed from the Union for the sin of ignorant GOP primary voters. I'm sure setting the land mass sail int he ocean will be a good punishment and we won't even be allowed flights into or out of our new Island nation.

      In other news, since Cuba didn't vote for or against the amendment, they will slide Cuba into the spot where NC's land mass once was.

      -6.38, -6.21: Lamented and assured to the lights and towns below, Faster than the speed of sound, Faster than we thought we'd go, Beneath the sound of hope...

      by Vayle on Thu May 10, 2012 at 05:01:23 PM PDT

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  •  I'm going the opposite way. (4+ / 0-)

    I'm boycotting both North AND South Carolina. Fuck any state with the word Carolina in its name.

  •  One other thing (4+ / 0-)

    voter turnout was 34.38%. With 61.04% voting for Amendment 1, that makes a total of 20.7% of registered voters in NC actually passing this measure.

    Voter turnout makes a huge difference. If everyone eligible to vote would do so, our nation would be a very different place.

    Turn out the vote!

    Dum Spiro Spero - While I Breathe, I Hope (SC's state motto)

    by SCVeteran on Thu May 10, 2012 at 05:55:22 PM PDT

  •  Don't boycott these counties: (2+ / 0-)
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    historys mysteries, bepanda

    There were 7 counties that voted against the amendment: Orange, Durham, Wake and Chatham Counties are in the Research Triangle Area, home to many universities and research facilities (highly educated population there). Buncombe County... home of Asheville and a great place for a vacation. Mecklenburg County, home of Charlotte and the largest county in the state, and my home county, Watauga, home of the town of Boone and Appalachian State University and also a great place for a vacation! Don't punish all of NC for the sins of some of the people!

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