Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Southern Discomfort

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Southern Discomfort

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"I think the South needs to step things up a bit," writes commenter Daniel English in response to Neal Broverman's report, "The South's Longer Wait for Equality" about the battle quietly and continually waged against LGBT people in America's southern states. He continues, "I feel that being civil to these bigots is part of the problem. If the Supreme Court allows [marriage equality] to remain a state by state situation ... it may be decades before it becomes legal in the South. I live in [Georgia] where same-sex marriage was banned in 2004. So it will shock me if this conservative part of America changes its mind without some form of legal action forcing them. Many areas of these states would have kept interracial marriage illegal if they could have." Jonathan Kesler offered up a William Faulkner bon mot in his comment: "In the South, the past is never dead. It's not even past." Charles Baldwin pointed to education in his comment about a recent trip to Huntsville, Alabama, "As I traveled through this third world part of America I thought to myself, How on earth would these people ever understand someone that was born gay? How could someone ever come out in this part of the country that appears lost in time? …

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