just some grousing about North Carolina, and Obama endorses gay marriage!

North Carolina voted to ban same-sex civil unions and marriage last night…and it wasn’t even close. Amendment 1 passed 61-39%, and the map gets redder. Le sigh.

Why exactly are civil rights up for a popular vote again?

As @thinkprogress points out, the last time NC amended their constitution about marriage it was to ban interracial marriage. Similarly gloomy reaction from Andrew Sullivan.

This cool gay rights visualization from the BBC is already out of date!

Wow – minutes ago President Obama says he supports same-sex marriage! While this has no practical effect it’s certainly encouraging.

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