Hope for the next generation

Home for a short visit, my College Kid and I were discussing the recent North Carolina primary, and Amendment One that defines marriage “solely as a union between a man and a woman.”

We are both in favor of same-sex marriages. When she turned 18, and was still living at home, her first ballot as a legal adult, was to vote against a similar amendment in Florida. Unfortunately, both states passed their bans.

Despite the disappointing outcome of both the Florida and North Carolina votes, I’m encouraged that young adults of her generation are much more open to gay marriage than my generation.

She sent me this graphic. It depicts the county-by-county vote on the marriage ban. The green counties voted for the ban, the red ones against it. The red counties are also where the major colleges in the state are located. This gives me hope for her generation. That when she is my age, with children of her own, she can tell them that once upon a time, people were actually told who they could love, and who they could marry… isn’t that dumb.

5 thoughts on “Hope for the next generation

  1. I am disgusted that we have so much farther to go on an issue that I honestly think shouldn’t even BE an issue. I’m hoping that my generation and up will be able to make this go away at some point!

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    1. Oh, I agree, it’s not strong enough. But, I hope that she will be talking to very young children, and have to use age appropriate language.

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  2. accpetance of same sex releationships is normal with teenage daughter and her peers. In fact, she rolls her eyes at news reports of this NC sitich and others.

    I believe our kids and grandkids will look at how our generation treated same sex rights the way we look at our grandparents generation with how they treated african americans and women

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  3. Here in Kansas, it’s the same way. Lawrence, which has KU, is very liberal. It’s also where all the hippies ended up (and I mean actual former hippies … husband delivered what he was sure was pot a few times from California to some when he worked there :P)

    Though, in Manhattan, home of K-State, they’re more moderate conservative but I blame Ft. Riley for being right there, too.

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