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If you want to get a handle on the states that have a propensity to hate the Constitution, equality and freedom for all, just watch how their governments address the issues. Presumably, governments are empowered by citizens, so they are a good indicator about the people living there.

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For instance, how have states addressed gay rights? The laggards and resistors indicate that their populations don’t like gay people are are willing to discriminate against them. Interestingly, those same states are the ones that discriminated against African Americans and many were Confederate states. While not all citizens in those states are hateful and filled with discrimination, their leaders in government tend to reflect hate and backwardness.

What should be the proper response to the backward states? Here is a list of possibilities.

1. Ignore them -- ignoring and isolating recalcitrant states is a natural reaction. For instance, out of staters are often tourists. Tourists can boycott the states and inflict financial punishment by not going there. Ignoring them just perpetuates “ignorance.” So, that isn’t the best long term solution.

2. Retaliate -- remove their freedom. When states refused to stop discriminating against minority children, the Federal government intervened with forced bussing. That actually targeted districts and neighborhoods within states with specific attention and had a positive effect. Imposing federal law and justice is a way to set deviant states right.

Other forms of retaliation might include withholding federal funds for a variety of projects and programs. The trouble with that is that it tends to punish people in need and not the leaders in charge.

3. Mitigate -- get in their faces. History shows that one of the best ways to mitigate intellectual isolation and social deficiencies is for people to start businesses and move in. That doesn’t always work, South Carolina being a case in point. However, over time that the strategy tends to work. Texan leadership may have wanted to secede from the Union, but they cannot because that is illegal.

In the instance of Arizona, in-your-face pressure modified the behavior of a governor to stop state leaders from being discriminatory and socially outrageous.

“Arizona governor vetoes controversial anti-gay bill

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) has announced that she has vetoed a controversial bill that would allow businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians if they feel it violates their religious rights.

Gay rights advocates have denounced the legislation, labeling it a form of legalized discrimination, and Arizona's two GOP senators and leading Republican candidates for governor urged Brewer to veto the bill. Even a few GOP state legislators who voted for the measure now say it is not the right thing to do.”

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“Same-sex unions have been on the political radar in the United States since the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled in 1993 that denying marriage licenses to same-sex partners violated the Hawaii constitution unless there is a "compelling state interest." Since Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriagein 2004, other states have redefined their own marriage laws, both for and against same-sex marriage.”



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