friendormate said[quote]Koaa2 said Never. First question I would have to ask you is, How many gay rights laws are in NC? None would be what I would think. California has many and I am a registered domestic partner, never wanted to get married. Nothing like that available in some of the areas you mentioned. It may appear to be heaven, but under the surface there, there are some pretty crazy right wing people. I love the bigger towns.
I think I know California a lot better than you know NC. But that doesn't surprise me. I expect you think this is a red state. Well, it is now slightly blue not just because Obama won but also the governor and one of two senators are democrats.
My first reaction was to say it is not as homophobic as you think. After all I know that when Durham has its annual NC pride parade (which has been happening since the mid-80s) it looks like boystown with all the businesses lining the parade route flying rainbow flags.
But then I decided to do a little research to back up my statement. While the rest of the country turned more red during the last election Charlotte, which is 2/3 white elected its second black democratic mayor. The city council is now a majority LGBT friendly. This is more impressive when you consider how many mega churches there are just outside the city. One reason I think explains why Charlotte is not
among the 13 city and county governments in NC that have amended non-discrimination policies to include sexual orientation. We are hoping this will change soon. The first cities (Durham among them) amended the policy in the early 80s.
Two cities Chapel Hill and Carboro have openly gay mayors. Three cities Durham, Chapel Hill and Carboro extend domestic partner benefits to city workers.
Here is something else I found in doing my research:http://dym-sum.com/2009/06/24/no156/
"North Carolina, which happens to be the only state in the Southeastern United States that does not have a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, will soon become one of the first states in the country to have a law on the books that combats anti-gay bullying in schools."
This article that I stumbled upon really surprised me:
"Anti-Gay Lyrics Shunned by Tiny North Carolina Town"http://www.progressivepuppy.com/the_progressive_puppy/2009/10/anti-gay-lyrics-shunned-by-tiny-north-carolina-town.html
I want to go spend money in that town.
Yes there are plenty of right wing nuts here too and the state has its share of homophobes. California though doesn't have any right?
Again how many laws does the state have right now protecting you or offering domestic partner legislation, not in the future and what you hope for?
California has its problems, like anywhere, but I wouldn't leave it for a small town in NC! Living here openly gay is not a problem at all or do you have to worry about it.