Leading NC conservative explains his opposition to marriage discrimination amendment

There are lots of things to disagree with John Hood about — even in the column in which he made spells out his postion on the marriage amendment. More on that later.

But the following statement from that column is certainly worth noting and sharing:

I think amending North Carolina’s constitution to forbid gay and lesbian couples from receiving any future legal recognition, including civil unions, is unwise and unfair. In my opinion the real threat to marriage is not the prospect of gay people getting hitched. It is the reality of straight people too quickly resorting to divorce, or never getting hitched in the first place.


  1. James

    March 26, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    It took a mammoth screw up to get Hood to weigh in on the issue, buried inside an artful and distracting apology. Once I see him beating the bushes to stop the Amendment, once I see him spending Art Pope’s money to stop the abomination, maybe then I’ll give him some of the credit you’re so eager to offer.

  2. Rob Schofield

    March 26, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Well, it really wan’t even “credit” — just a recognition of the fact. And you’re absolutley right, James, that the Pope people are generally helping to lead the charge.

    But that doesn’t mean we can’t quote and spread Hood’s views in order to further explicate the hypocrisy and moral bankruptcy of so many of his fellow travelers.

  3. Frank Burns

    March 26, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Interesting how the left seems to get annoyed when conservatives hold positions that they agree with.

  4. Rob Schofield

    March 26, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    No. I’m happy he feels this way. What annoys me — and I’m sure others — is his unwillingness to use his position and the organization with which he is associated to actually do anything about it. The explanation that Locke doesn’t take positions on “social issues” is bogus.

    How is the marriage discrimination amendment (with all of its implications in myriad areas like the budget, the courts, personal privacy, health care) a “social” issue unworthy of an official Locke Foundation position when the organization is more than willing to take what are clearly morality-based stances on any number of other issues (such as mental health, school privatization, crime and imprisonment, the environment, etc…) AND employ a staffer who “reports” constantly about reproductive rights issues from an anti-choice position??

    The bottom line: You don’t hold yourself out as the head of the most important and best-funded conservative think tank in the state — an organization that “envisions a North Carolina of responsible citizens, strong families, and successful communities committed to individual liberty and limited, constitutional government” — and then simply take a pass on the seminal politcal debate of the day …unless it’s because of one thing: You don’t have the courage to tick off your conservative base and funders.

  5. Frank Burns

    March 26, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    I don’t see a problem with what this group is saying very clearly that they don’t support this amendment. Just because they are not wearing a hair shirt and beating the drums like you want is not a justification for criticizing them. It shows me that this group is indeed courageous, in taking the position to oppose this amendment.

  6. HunterC

    March 26, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    @Frank: The group has NOT taken a position on the amendment. That’s the whole point.

    Hood has finally come out of his shell to say something, but he steadfastly insists that the organization doesn’t — and for some strange reason — shouldn’t take a stand.

  7. Rob Schofield

    March 26, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Yes, Hunter C is right.

    I wish that were true, Frank.

    But one paragraph buried in an article on a different subject does not amount to a group taking a very clear and courageous position on an issue that’s been around for years and is now just weeks from being voted on.

  8. Frank Burns

    March 26, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    I disagree, Mr Hood is the president of the John Locke foundation and is making a clear stand against this amendment. He deserves credit for doing so, not disparagement.

  9. HunterC

    March 26, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    You can “disagree” with the plain facts all you want, but even Hood says:

    “the John Locke Foundation does not take positions on gay rights, abortion, or other social issues”

    in the article we’re discussing. His words are linked in the original post if you want to “disagree” with that fact too.

    In sum, Hood is saying he opposes the amendment, but steadfastly says the organization does not.

    End. Of. Story.

  10. Frank Burns

    March 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Considering the statment you posted that “the John Locke Foundation does not take positions on gay rights, abortion, or other social issues”, that clearly justifies the organization from not taking a position. The President of that organization has openly stated his opposition to the Amendment. It is your problem, not his, that you refuse to accept his stance. The story continues.

  11. Jack

    March 26, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Amendment One isn’t about marriage. Amendment One is about institutionalizing discrimination, social injustice and inequality.

    If the state really cared about marriage it would support day care with funding or tax breaks for families and a myriad of other supports for families.

  12. david esmay

    March 26, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    What Hood is trying to do is placate the CEO’s of the Fortune 500 companies who need to be able to attract intellectual and creative talent, allot of whom are gay or lesbian. This amendment would alienate them and deny their companies the ability to recruit them to our state. On the other hand Hood has the theocratic fundiots that make up the other side of the GOP base. Mostly less educated, lower middle class rural white males who blindly follow the rights misguided rhetoric. They’ve already alienated most women, who out number men as registered voter’s in this state, what else do they have? The conservative base is rapidly shrinking, 2012 is probably their last chance regain any power and they’ve proven they’re willing to say or do anything in this last ditch effort.

  13. Frank Burns

    March 26, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    You can’t accept things at face value, it’s like there is some conspircacy with other nefarious motives. You have a mistaken belief regarding your fellow citizens. Both women and men support cutting the spending and taxes. Only the left wing women are mad and they will probably remain that way.

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