Much noise has (rightfully) been made about conservatives' *cough Newt Gingrich cough* support of North Carolina's anti-gay Amendment One, which would ban not only same-sex marriage but domestic partnerships and civil unions.
But some are breaking ranks and speaking out against the measure. Like John Hood of the John Locke Foundation, who, along with other conservatives, is profiled in NPR.
"Hood, a registered independent, thinks lawmakers wasted their time bringing the amendment before voters. A state law already bans same-sex marriage. He says he understands some conservatives want to provide an additional safeguard for traditional marriage with an amendment.
"'But then there's a group of people that I would be in the camp of who do care about marriage as an issue, but simply don't think the possibility that other people will get married is a threat," he says. "It seems to me that the real threat to marriage [is] straight people getting divorced or never getting married in the first place.'"
While other Republicans like Paul Stam, the amendment's biggest supporter, say homes headed by gay couples are "not a good environment to raise children," other conservatives think Stam and others like him are fighting the inevitable.
"Republicans who oppose equality really are fighting history, and they're going to get left behind,"chairman of the board of directors of Equality North Carolina Dan Gurley says. Gurley, who is openly gay, says "my concern as a Republican is that if our party does not adapt to the changing times, that we're going to get left behind."