Dear North Carolina,
Back in 2009, I warned Maine what to expect if they put the rights of LGBT citizens to the popular vote.
And now you've done the same thing. The lies, the ignorance, and the divisiveness happened just as they did in California, and Maine, and 27 of my sister states. The haters told vicious lies, and they won.
I know just how your GLBT citizens, their friends, and their families feel this morning. Because we still feel that way, 4 years later.
Oh North Carolina, you have deeply injured the fabric of your entire community. People don't just "get over" being told they are second class, that their families are not worth protecting and that their love is meaningless. People don't recover when their sons and daughters are singled out like this. People don't just move on from the insults and the bile.
Now, every interaction is tinged with doubt: did this person vote against me? Does this person hate my son?
Workplaces will be on edge. Civic interactions will suffer. Churches will be split. There will be deep, deep hurt.
North Carolina, you have torn the heart out of many people. And that damage will linger for a long, long time.
I'm so sorry you did this. But after all I've been through, and Maine, and all the others, you can't say you didn't see it coming.