Another conservative icon disses marriage discrimination

It’s obviously incredibly early in the process — the misleading hate ads probably won’t begin for months — but some days you have to wonder if maybe the marriage discrimination people bit off more than they can chew with their proposed anti-gay marriage/anti-civil union constitutional amendment.

I sensed this last week when I spent an hour on the radio discussing the subject with local arch-conservative radio host Bill LuMaye and couldn’t even attract one hateful call. This is obviously an incredibly limited sample of the public, but I’m just not feeling the venom one might have expected.

Whatever the case, it’s clearly been a lousy few days for the amendment supporters. First, there’s the Elon University poll that shows that not only do most North Carolinians oppose amending the constitution to ban gay marriage and civil unions, but most actually support some kind of legal recognition for LGBT couples.

Then comes an announcement of from Tea Party congresswoman Renee Ellmers that she opposes the amendment.

And now, we learn that country music star and conservative icon  Toby Keith is pro-LGBT marriage too.

Once again, it’s still very early and the pro-discrimination forces have an enormous built-in advantage (it would be one of the biggest upsets in state political history (and an historic national event)  if the amendment goes down, but you’ve got to wonder now if maybe, just maybe, the Pope/Tillis/Beger/Stam foursome made an enormous miscalculation when they chose to take the state down this road.


  1. Rob Schofield

    October 3, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    The Tennessee Democratic Party kindly wrote to tell us that Keith is a Democrat, but they also concede that he’s clearly a shining light to a lot of folks on the right.

  2. Mike P.

    October 4, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Well, good that you cleared that up.

  3. JeffS

    October 5, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Hate is not discussed in mixed company. I suspect that no amount of polling is going to give you an accurate measurement.

    Our best hope is to redefine the message. Reject “defense of marriage”, sanctity, and religion. The message should be hate and discrimination. Any arguments otherwise should simply be dismissed as absurd.

    The sad thing, is this issue is largely irrelevant to the GOP; just another social issue to manipulate the masses, keeping them angry or scared, preferably both.

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