Today’s Forum carries an interesting story where a number of couples were interviewed regarding their plans for the future now that Minnesota has made same gender marriage legal.
There were a number of interesting stories, and a number of interesting challenges faced by young couples that Ricky and I never encountered. For example, the parents’ names going on a birth certificate when the child is born to a same gender couple is very complex and quite expensive.
Interestingly, I was interviewed for this article but not quoted.
Ricky and I had a very different point of view. When asked if we planned to move to Minnesota, I told the reporter Kyle that we married in Canada a number of years ago. We have lived in our south Fargo home for 8 years and really like it. We have the best trust attorney money can buy. Our employers provide domestic partner benefits.
For right now, we’re okay.
And after we work another ten years, we’ll sell this house and take our money and go to our home in Boca.
Which of course, got me to thinking: I think there are a huge number of same gender North Dakota couples who will be doing basically the same thing.
Who is going to take our place?
My first thought was that no single gay person, and certainly no gay couple would make North Dakota their first choice to live.
Maybe not even their 37th choice of where to live. Which is probably not that big of a deal. So 50 gay couples decide not to move to North Dakota. There would be a certain faction of people cheering that news. They might even start some recruiting efforts to attrack gay-haters to North Dakota as a place where discrimination is not only legal; it’s constitutionally protected!
But then I got to thinking about how the current generation for the most part just does not care about gay people. In fact, many shrug their shoulders, roll their eyes and wonder what is the big deal.
And I wonder if those people will ever make North Dakota their first choice of places to live?
Don’t have the answer to that one. For the time being, North Dakota is swimming in money. We are so wealthy we can take on ridiculously expensive lawsuits to force certain legislators religion on the state and possibly the nation.
But what about 20 years from now, when all the old homos have taken their money and long since left?
Will North Dakota still be one of the most politically backward states in the US? Will North Dakota still be the last choice a gay person would want to live; and a generally unattractive place for any young person to choose to live?
Today’s Gay Agenda: The oil and the money always dry up. Just ask Midland Texas. Or Tulsa Oklahoma. The smug arrogant attitude of North Dakota legislators is doing nothing to protect the long term interests of the citizens. Maybe the new billboards in Moorhead should read: North Dakota is open for business, closed to homos. Have a nice day!