The constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage and civil unions in North Carolina passed yesterday. Defeating it was perhaps too much to expect in a state that in 1875 passed an amendment that prohibited inter-racial marriage that stayed on the books until 1971, and even has a pastor who advocates that parents beat any children who show any signs of not being heterosexual.
But the much larger than expected margin of defeat (61% to 39%) is undoubtedly a disappointment.
On the plus side, Gallup released their latest annual national survey on attitudes on same sex marriage and it shows that for the second consecutive year, more people approved it than opposed it. While there have been small ups and downs, over the long term there has been a steady growth in the number of people accepting it. It is quite remarkable that over just 16 years, the 41% margin of disapproval has been completely obliterated. I suspect that the tipping point will be around the time when the percentage who approve reaches around 60%.