Bil Browning

NC Gov Bev Perdue Is a Backdoor Friend

Filed By Bil Browning | October 09, 2011 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Beverly Perdue, constitutional amendment, marriage amendment, marriage equality, North Carolina, same-sex marriage

My God, am I sick of these tepid statements of support by wishy-washy Democrats. North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue late on Friday afternoon to express her "opposition" to the state's proposed marriage amendment and hippies-backdoor.jpgtakes the opportunity to give LGBT families a backhanded slap while she does it.

"My top priority is creating jobs. Too many people are out of work and I've heard from several business leaders who've told me that the proposed constitutional amendment will harm our state's business climate and make it harder to grow jobs here. I believe that marriage is between one man and one woman: That's why I voted for the law in 1996 that defines marriage as between one man and one woman, and that's why I continue to support that law today. But I'm going to vote against the amendment because I cannot in good conscience look an unemployed man or woman in the eye and tell them that this amendment is more important than finding them a job. In addition, a number of legal experts have argued that this amendment, if passed, could eliminate legal protections for all unmarried couples in our state, regardless of sexual orientation. Right now, my focus, the General Assembly's focus, and North Carolina's focus needs to be on creating jobs."

Pam Spaulding says it best when she sums up the statement like this: "...it is a slap in the face to use the statement to reiterate that every taxpaying LGBT citizen in this state is a second-class citizen and she likes it that way. She didn't have to do it, but she did. And that matters. No one was expecting support for marriage equality from this pol, but damn, a kick in the gut like this is gratuitously mean."

Combine the jab at LGBT families with the rightwing talking point about "one man and one woman" with the cowardly release late on a Friday afternoon before a long holiday weekend so it'll get buried and you've got yet another "backdoor friend." She's more than happy to have LGBT people over for drinks, just make sure you come in the back door so no one sees you together.

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Jaime Dunaway Jaime Dunaway | October 9, 2011 12:45 PM

Well, for whatever reason, at least she is voting against it, that's something I suppose. I do know that this amendment thing will have a lot to do with how I vote in the next general election.