It seems to me that North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue is framing the Gay Marriage issue in terms that most Republicans and most conservatives will understand. Such a ban is "Bad for Business." It will hurt North Carolina's image and hurt tourism. It "hurts our brand."
As I noted in my previous blog entry, "Call Me Maybe," the public, especially the younger generation, is accepting of gays, lesbians and the alternative lifestyles involved. But our political elders still want to exploit the issue for political gain. In this case the foolish North Carolina Legislature is using an unnecessary Constitutional Amendment as a wedge issue. I;m hoing the voters in North Carolina are wise enough to reject this amendment.
Please read the entire POLITICO Story here: N.C. Gov: Gay marriage ban ’hurts our brand’
As I pass out "Kudos" I would be remiss not to congratulate Vice President Joe Biden for being unusually candid and remarkably brave in facing the gay marriage issue head on. It's a path both President Barack Obama and Republican Candidate Mitt Romney are afraid to take. Both are constantly waffling on the issues of gay rights.
If you read the POLITICO story above you'll note even Governor Perdue is waffling a bit. I think she would find her approval rating would actually go up f she were clear on the issue.
Also read B. Daniel Blatt's excellent essay on the North Carolina Amendment from a GAY CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN'S perspective: The conservative case against North Carolina’s Amendment One