Yesterday, North Carolina voted to alter their state constitution to ban gay marriage AND gay civil unions, even though both were already illegal in the state. Wow. This completely sucks. And it is very tempting to be like “fuck those hicks, go ahead and secede.” But that is not right! Lots of awesome people live in the South. Lots of gay people, trans people, people who need support for their causes live in the South. I grew up in Texas, and I will tell you, it is hard to be a liberal person in a majority-conservative place. And not everybody wants to—or is able to—just move somewhere else because their some of their neighbors are ignorant. So here some things to do instead of being like “pssht, glad I live in New York!”
1. Read this series of tweets from the Mountain Goats’s John Darnielle, North Carolinian and fighter for social justice. Just go and read. If that doesn’t make you feel a little blubbery-hearted, then I don’t know what to tell you.
Or you can do as we will do in North Carolina & roll up your sleeves, & know that their hateful efforts are an attempt to hold back the sea.
— The Mountain Goats (@mountain_goats) May 9, 2012