Finally some good news from North Carolina and from Winston Salem in particular, which is the most conservative of the piedmont cities. I've been thinking a lot about the hard right turn the state took in 2010 when the general assembly turned red for the first time since reconstruction. Progressives have to learn to work with churches in order to push for change. The idea that there is a separation of church and state in this country is a fantasy. Yes it's in writing but not in practice.
Maine was able to pass gay mariage through a grass root effort to educate both the urban and rural voters. The same approach is needed in North Carolina. I feel as though the far right has locked up the rural vote by emphasizing religious issues over more pressing issues such as tax breaks for corporation, education and the environment. When you look at what is happening in relatively blue states like Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and the purple states like Virginia, North Carolina and Florida, you realize that it is at the local level that the far right is killing the progressives. They have gerrymandered these states so successfully and the corporate donations have been so massive that it is going to take something out of the ordinary to win them back. Small steps like this one slowly move us in the right direction.