Anti-gay Amendment 1: North Carolina’s presumptive GOP gubernatorial candidate supports amendment, but doesn’t want to talk about it
April 17, 2012
Pat McCrory, the presumptive Republican nominee for governor of North Carolina, won’t talk about his anti-gay position on issues like Amendment 1. Following what’s increasingly becoming a trend among Republicans, avoidance and redirection is typically what occurs when he and others are asked about issues involving gays and lesbians. He is voting for the amendment, of course, but apparently since it’s difficult to articulate a reason to vote yes, he’s staying silent.
And of course, politics plays a part in this strategy:
There’s political calculation to McCrory’s approach, said Andrew Taylor, a political scientist at N.C. State University.
By favoring the amendment, McCrory stays out of trouble with conservative GOP voters: N.C. Republican voters back it 76 percent to 20 percent in a recent Public Policy Polling survey. They were wary of him when he was mayor and when he first ran for governor four years ago.
But by not making the amendment a major issue in his 2012 campaign, Taylor said, McCrory appears to be hoping that he can maintain his appeal with his old coalition of business Republicans and moderates – including many Democrats and independents.
I guess we have moved past the point where were can loudly proclaim our anti-gay voting habits, but it ends the same way: as long as people are quiet about it they can still hurt gays and lesbians. He was asked what he would say to his moderate business-oriented Republican friends and supporters and didn’t have an answer:
“I’m in favor of it, and that’s all I’m commenting on because I’m concentrating on other issues,” he said.
Asked what he would say to business executives who oppose the amendment, McCrory still wouldn’t bite.
“I’m not going to get into it,” he said. “Let me say this: We’re taking it to the people and let them vote. I respect the opinions that are being presented on all sides, and I’ve stated how I plan to vote.”
It’s one thing to be on the wrong side of history, but with the North Carolina GOP House Speaker admitting the amendment would be repealed in 20 years, with 45% of North Carolina voters saying marriage equality will be the law in 20 years, and with a Fortune 500 CEO saying that in 10 or 20 years, people in North Carolina will view the amendment the same way they see Jim Crow laws now, to be on the wrong side of history for political reasons is incredibly nonsensical.
The people opposing the amendment are certainly talking about their reasons behind their strong opposition. The amendment is targeted at such a broad group of people – women (especially unmarried women), children, LGBT families, unmarried straight couples, LGBT couples) – by virtue of taking away all legal protections for anyone except couples in a marriage between a man and a woman, and this shows how deeply illogical the amendment actually is and proves there’s no real rationale to speak of. Early voting begins on Thursday.
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