Politics Writes Its Own Story
Posted on May 9, 2012
Early this morning, I wrote about writing politics and how writers can use current political climates to fuel their words. Today, I noticed that if you pay attention over the current gay marriage ban situation in North Carolina and in other states, the politics are writing the story on their own.
If you remember the political television show The West Wing, there was a moment in Season 2 Episode 3 titled “The Midterms” aired on October 18, 2000 where President Bartlet addresses a Dr. Laura Shclessinger character about religious views towards gays. I couldn’t help but think about it during the campaign for the North Carolina marriage amendment.
Before the actual vote, several religious leaders got together to express their views about voting for the amendment.
There were two images that made their way around social networks such as Twitter and Facebook that say a lot toward the situation:
The first is an image from the last time a marriage amendment passed in North Carolina. It was shared with me by a person who has an interracial marriage.
The second is a side by side comparison of political lobbying. All of these images add to the depth of the political climate, and offer their own stories.
Finally, President Obama declared his support for gay marriage, a political topic he has purposefully avoided until now. Right before the major elections, he now throws the weight of his support towards an issue that wins him several supporters after North Carolina’s addition and may have larger ramifications as we get closer to elections.
If we pay close enough attention, no matter what your reaction to politics, you can see that a story unfolds on its own.