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Wasn’t it just two weeks ago that Rep. Stam, Folwell and the other marriage discrimination proponents were explaining to us: a)  how terrible it was that North Carolina is the only southern state without an anti-LGBT marriage amendment and b) that the states that have them also have the rosiest economies?   

This is from this morning’s NYT:

“The once-booming South, which entered the recession with the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, is now struggling with some of the highest rates, recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show.”

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If you’re looking for something to get you both fired up and encouraged this afternoon, check out this new “report” from the fun people at the North Carolina Family Policy Council.

In it, you’ll learn why the marriage discrimination amendment is simply a modest effort to respond to the diabolical plot launched by “homosexual rights activists” who want to destroy marriage by, uh, allowing people to get married.

Seriously, once you stop laughing and crying at the utter vacuousness of this document, you’re sure to feel better — if for no other reason than this: If this nonsense is the best that the pro-discrimination forces can come up with, there’s got to be some real hope for the 2012 vote.

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Earlier this week in this space, I called out the inhabitants of the state’s “libertarian” think tanks for their deafening silence on the the marriage bigotry amendment advanced by their chums in the state legislature:   

“Isn’t there one brave “libertarian” amongst you with the courage to stand up and speak out publicly, directly and forcefully for freedom and against the tyranny on display in the North Carolina General Assembly this week?  Just one?”

Yesterday, there was a “reply” of sorts in the form of a very brief article from the Locke Foundation’s Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs. Read More

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That’s how long those who believe in freedom, tolerance, love and progress now have to overcome the forces of repression, intolerance, hate and ignorance in North Carolina.

Let’s not waste a minute — let’s seize control of the debate and never let it go by branding the so-called “marriage amendment” for what it is: An amendment that would enshrine discrimination, limit freedom, stifle economic development and, as Senate Minority Leader Martin Nesbitt put it in his eloquent and folksy speech today, allow one group of people to put another group of people at the “bottom of the barrel.”   

Now that caring and thinking North Carolinians have had this fight thrust upon them, here’s a vote for giving it back to the other side with such force and energy that they find themselves regretting the day they launched this new culture war.