As a delegate, I'm pretty excited about the national Democratic Party adding marriage equality to their platform in Charlotte at the convention. I have some more thoughts on that below, but I also wanted to share this article: "Davidson College Becomes First Campus To Suspend Chick-fil-A."
Maybe I'm drawing direct lines that aren't so direct, but I think that, despite losing on amendment 1, our struggle against inequality has helped to reshape things on a national stage. Of course on the local level it is nice to see the LGBT community more organized, the general public more educated about LGBT issues, the NC LGBT Democratic Caucus being created, and the North Carolina Democratic Party being in support of marriage equality with the Young Dems helping lead the way. But the national changes have been even more noticeable.
The Vice President came out in favor to marriage equality in response to questioning relating to the NC struggles, and the President followed suit in short order. The national NAACP also came out for marriage equality, following the President, but also with the national head of the NAACP saying on the Rachel Maddow show that it was in large part a response to the struggle in North Carolina. Rev. Barber was of course a huge help on that. In addition to getting national figures and organizations to support marriage equality, it seems to have helped shape people's mindset at large:
A new Post-ABC News poll shows more evidence that President Obama’s announcement of support on May 9 for marriage equality may have had the power to change hearts and minds. Opposition to allowing same-sex couples to marry hit an all-time low while support is at a high.
Although I am no fan of the passage of amendment one, it is hard to imagine a way North Carolina could have played a more pivotal role in moving the nation one step closer to marriage equality. And, as delegate to the convention, I've got to say that I'm pretty psyched about the small part I'll get to play moving our party officially to standing on the side of equality. From then on, being anti-equality means being out of step with one of the oldest political parties in the world. I wonder if the conservatives who put this on the ballot are regretting that choice now?