“People around the country are watching us and they’re really confused to have been such a progressive, forward-thinking, economically driven state that invested in education and that stood up for the civil rights of people including the civil rights marches back in the ‘50s and ’60s and ’70s,” she said. “Folks are saying, what in the world is going in North Carolina? We look like Mississippi.”
Mississippi governor Phil Bryant, whose state passed a similar amendment in 2004 with 86% of the popular vote, called Perdue’s statement “petty.” Perhaps so, but since Perdue is not seeking re-election, she doesn’t seem to care. Mississippi politicians are firing back, stating that the state’s business-friendly tax policies make it a more attractive place for businesses.
“Thirty-two states have voted on the issue of defining marriage. Thirty-two states have voted in favor of traditional marriage,” Nosef said. “Gov. Perdue is obviously out of touch with the voters of her own state and is trying to change the subject by attacking Mississippi. We are proud to stand with North Carolina and the majority of other states in our country who have supported traditional marriage.”–Joe Nosef, head of the Mississippi Republican Party
With President Obama’s recent declaration that he is personally in favor of marriage equality for all, this is sure to be a major election issue. The GOP has firmly planted its feet in opposition of gay marriage, while most Democrats (and a majority of voters) are at least in favor of civil unions. I have a feeling that the next election will be in part an national referendum on the issue of equality. It’s unfortunate that this is still such a divisive issue in the 21st century.