“Oh, we’re not like that anymore,” people from the South keep on telling the rest of us. But then, they keep on acting like that, proving that yes, the South is still like that.
A generation ago, the Southerners were shouting and screaming that it was God’s will to have laws that outlawed people of African ancestry from getting married to people of European ancestry. Yesterday, Southerners passed a law creating an amendment to the state constitution of North Carolina declaring that only heterosexual couples can get married.
It was an act of defiance against the Constitution of the United States, which bans inequality under the law. The Civil War settled, some time ago, that state constitutions don’t have the right to overrule the national Constitution. But then, maybe the voters of North Carolina never learned about that in school. After all, the South does have the worst educational test scores in the nation.
Oh, I know that’s a mean thing to say, but it’s true. We’re all supposed to hold our tongues and not make fun of the backwards idiocy of the South. We’re supposed to be patient as they fly their Confederate flags, diphthong their way through life, and elect nasty, corrupt politicians into Congress.
When Southerners go and pass laws like North Carolina did yesterday, though, I don’t see much reason to be nice. The fact is, the South is holding the rest of the nation back.
Nationally, the majority of Americans support equal marriage rights for all American couples, whether they’re heterosexual or homosexual. Practically everywhere outside the South, it’s an overwhelming majority of Americans that supports marriage equality.
Just as they were slow to get the message with slavery, it’s the people in the South who are the last people in the country to grasp the idea that making it illegal for large numbers of people to get married does not make for a stable society.
Southerners don’t like to be made fun of for their nasty little regional culture, but then they go ahead and confirm the worst ideas that people have about them, engaging in loud public acts of cruel stupidity. It’s time that the rest of the nation speaks clearly and slowly to the South, so that it can understand: IF – YOU – DON’T – WANT – US – TO – MAKE – FUN – OF – YOU – THEN – STOP – ACTING – LIKE – IGNORANT – YAHOOS.