Friday, April 8, 2011

You won't believe this!

Forget gay marriage. In a recent poll, only 40% of Mississippi Republicans believe that interracial marriage should be legal!

From TPM:
Americans nationwide are evenly divided over the issue of same sex marriage. But Republicans in Mississippi are divided over a wholly different wedlock issue: interracial marriage.

In a PPP poll released Thursday, a 46% plurality of registered Republican voters said they thought interracial marriage was not just wrong, but that it should be illegal. 40% said interracial marriage should be legal. ...

The poll also found that voters who thought interracial marriage should be banned liked [Haley] Barbour, [Sarah] Palin, and [Mike] Huckabee the most among the slate of potential GOP presidential candidates. Seventy-nine percent of those voters said they approved of Gov. Barbour's job performance, while 74% said they had a favorable opinion of Sarah Palin, and 73% viewed Huckabee favorably.

Incredible, isn't it? This is the 21st Century, not the 19th. I wonder what the response would have been if they'd asked these southern Republicans about slavery?

Note that bans against interracial marriage were judged unconstitutional in 1967, nearly 45 years ago! But forget the legality of it. Are Mississippi Republicans really this backward that they still think otherwise?

Well, you can certainly see why the Republicans' Southern strategy of wooing white racists has been so successful, can't you? What I don't understand is why anyone who isn't a racist would still belong to the GOP.

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