Yesterday, North Carolinians voted 61% for a marriage amendment confining marriage to men and women. Personally, like Jerry, I wish government were out of the marriage business altogether, but since we’ve got proggies who, not caring a whit for religious freedoms, will try to compel religions and religious institutions to comply with their views on the subject, never mind what the First Amendment says, I think states have the right to pass their own laws. As a matter of American history, before and even after the ratification of the Constitution, the states exercised significant discretion around religious issues. After the ratification, government was compelled to get out of the way of religious institutions when it came to matters of doctrine and practice, because it was understood that that was the intention of the Founders.
If Anglicans, for example, want to sanctify same-sex marriages, that’s their business. Or, it would be, if not for the intrusions of activists and their federal sponsors. It’s really as simple as that.
North Carolina went for Obama in 2008, you may recall. The problem is, they still wish to exercise their 10th Amendment rights, and people are tired of being bullied and browbeaten by people like Dan Savage and the activist judges, and the SPLC, and the DOJ, and all of the other wannabe tyrants. They can argue as much as they like that it is they who are the power-deprived, but when we see Catholic charities in Illinois put out of the adoption business entirely, because they don’t consent to adopt to gay couples (just to mention one example), and we see HHS trying to force religious-affiliated hospitals to perform abortions as a condition of remaining in business, we don’t need a weather man, baby.
This puts a bit of a crimp into Obama’s plan to evolve on the question at exactly the right rate to arrive at the conclusion that he supports gay marriage . . . right after the election, as Stacy notes. It’s been his transparent tactic for a couple of years, now, but until recently the MSM were willing to go with the charade with a wink and a nod. North Carolina’s vote has created problems for Obama, not least because in their genius the DNC decided to hold their National Convention in Charlotte. Deliciously, White House intransigence could lead to a floor fight over the issue, since the vote was so lopsided NC Dem politicians have consulted the tea leaves, and find that they are leaves of tea. As we and others have noted many times, over several years, now, Obama’s evolution on gay marriage has had to go on sub rosa for quite a long while, in part because of all the identity-political groups in the country, black Americans are most opposed to gay marriage, and they are a core that he cannot afford to have stay home.
But wait! There’s more hilarity! Think Progress has begun a petition drive to move the DNC Convention out of North Carolina, and Jay Carney, caught between the gaffetastic Vice-President and the White House’s marching orders got roughed up so badly on the issue Monday that the White House has cancelled a scheduled press conference today. Undoubtedly the Washington Examiner is right to say that the cancellation has something to do with North Carolina’s plebescite, but given yesterday’s state primaries news, there’s a lot of other material that they’ve got to decide how to spin before they can roll Lieless Jay out before a pack of even mostly complacent journalists.
Heck, even the Columbia Review of Journalism sees that Obama evolves, whereas Romney flip-flops (via Ed Driscoll, filling in for Insty).
UPDATE: Gerard on the same.
REUPDATE: Evolution complete.
REREUPDATE: Gay marriage numbers in Ohio.