Weaksauce opposition from Perdue. She should've taken a stand; pointed out that the amendment goes much farther than banning same-sex marriage--that it also bans civil unions and domestic partnerships.
Most people in NC would support one of those legal recognitions for same-sex couples, even if they oppose marriage. Beating this amendment will hinge on informing people that it goes far beyond the religious institution of marriage and legally relegates gays/bisexuals to second class citizens.
This is not surprising though. Perdue is a center-right democrat, unfortunately.
Jeff: why should your kids get premium treatment compared to someone else's? Why do your kids get to go to a top tier school on the edge of wake county, while someone else is forced to stick with the inner city school that lacks honors programs and extracurriculars?
Your concern should be that there are underperforming schools in the first place; not that your kids got put in the 'bad one'. By keeping the schools economically stratified, middle-class voters such as yourself can see the actual problems. Otherwise many people would be content to place their kids into the good schools and let the inner city schools languish. The problems in the education system would be invisible to them.
NC has some of the lowest state-level funding for education of any state per capita. Rather than instituting an educational 'triage' system where only the brightest and the whitest get the good schools, we should focus on bringing all the schools up.
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