I hope this article turn out to be a boom in the long run for his business. And I hope in the long run that many of the church goers have a change of heart.
I found one part of the article summed up my feelings about living here so well:
Mr. Spainhour said. “It’s a North Carolina that exists but that I don’t recognize. There are two North Carolinas: the progressive cities and college towns, and places where there are no openly gay people.”
When I looked at the results by counties all but three went as I expected. Two for those three (New Hanover and Guilford where Greensboro sits) voted for it but by less than .5%. Only in Forsyth (Winston Salem) did a mostly urban county pass it by a significant amount ( 53 to 47). As awful as the results where I took comfort in knowing that all the places I love here, Wilmington, Charlotte, the Triangle, Asheville, Boone, the Outer Banks, showed how progressive they are. No surprise either that the two brainiest counties (Durham and Orange) voted 70% and 80% against. Yet when you leave these pockets you enter the counties that are as backward and holier than anywhere in the south. I don't know many other states where the change is so extreme (Virginia, Pennsylvania, perhaps Florida or Texas) come to mind but here the cities are rather small so the change seems so abrupt. Yet you can honestly spend time in these pockets and have very little interaction with bible thumpers.
He probably took comfort in being in Greensboro's progressive pocket and not realized that enough of his customers would end up boycotting him to hurt his business. Still he should be applauded by his bold move and I truly hopes it helps him, his business and his community in the long run.