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02/23/2010

Audio: If at first you do secede, try, try again [to clumsily link secession to anti-gay bias]

by Jeremy Hooper

In 1861, the counties of Northwestern Virginia broke apart from the larger state. Not wanting to secede from the union nor to be beholden to the policies of the Confederacy, an independent state known as "Kanawha" (later renamed West Virginia) was formed:

Grand Traverse Herald, 4/26/1861
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Chicago Tribune, 8/22/1861
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Well fast forward to modern day. Our great nation is once again divided on an admittedly less severe, yet still contentious issue. Except this time, for some inexplicable reason, it's the decision to ban gay people from CIVIL marriage that is the more principled stand. At least according to The Policy Council of West Virginia's Jeremy Dys:




So let's get this straight: On LGBT rights, there is still a discernible Northern-Southern split. Yet this time its the constitutional bans that have swept the South that are in need of support, not the legal marriage equality (and quasi-equality) that has cropped up throughout the North? WHY?! BY WHAT REASONING?! And how can one, in good conscience, flip the historical script like this in a way that supports oppression rather than fairness?!

Bold action is to look at what's happening around you, recognize the civil wrongs, and take a stand regardless of the difficulties or repercussions. It's to do what's right, regardless of public opinion polling. It's to support freedom. It's to stand with those who are leading the nation towards progress, not rolling it back to a less-than-equal time! On the issue of marriage equality, there is no further debate needed!

Do the right thing, West Virginia. This time there's no need for anyone to secede -- but with your state's *truly* bold actions, you could help this nation meet its phonetic cousin.

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