Yesterday we published the wonderful photo of Larry Duncan and Randy Shepherd getting a marriage license in Washington state. Duncan and Shepherd moved there from Dallas because they wanted to live in a more gay-friendly place.
Commenter @JohnMesserly writes:
The migration part of this story interested me. Is this an extension of the polarization of states story? Like- you have some states with red supermajorities effectively banning abortions and other states going the other direction, ending the war on drugs, LGBT folks, and people that don't have Y chromosomes.
I wonder if the idea of the Far Right is to create such onerous laws in red states that people will self deport- thereby further solidifying the GOP grip on power in those states.
If so, they get no prize for originality. For example consider the Great Migration out of the south due to Jim Crow laws.
FWIW, I come from the state that voted to ban same-sex marriage by the widest margin in American history -- 86 percent -- and what surprises me when I go home is how many of my LGBT friends have stayed. They're not self-deporting. I suspect I probably did.
Thanks again, Meryl Schenker, for the photo.