We didn’t think anything of it – but it was central Illinois, and maybe that made a difference.
Fast forward to today, and here I am heading three hours down the highway from Atlanta to Wilcox County, Ga., where students there are holding their first integrated prom.
We are far from the city, and deep into the land of long, dry soybean fields with lonely tractors at their center. There are no stoplights. Every home I see looks weathered in that country way. And we’re about to pull into a long, gravel driveway to meet a few of the students who’ve decided it was time that black and white students share the same prom.
Wilcox County High is a small high school in the country. We tried to get the superintendant to agree to an interview and he declined. He was very nice about it, and seemed very supportive of the students putting on the integrated prom, but he was clearly negotiating politics.
News from The Hill:
Boehner ‘confident’ GOP, Obama can reach deal on immigration
By Daniel Strauss
Speaker John Boehner said Thursday he was “confident” Republicans could agree to a comprehensive immigration bill.
Obama’s win was fueled by Hispanic voters, who made up a larger portion of the electorate than four years ago and voted overwhelmingly for Obama. The president won Latino voters by 44 points according to the Pew Hispanic Center.
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Poll: Gay Marriage Opposition at Record Low
Opposition to gay marriage is sinking in the wake of President Barack Obama’s endorsement of same-sex unions, with a new Washington Post–ABC News poll showing a record low of 39 percent believe gay marriage should be illegal.
The poll found that 53 percent, also a new record high for the Post poll, believe gay marriage should be legal. Just six years ago only 36 percent thought same-sex unions should be legal.
The poll also found that 59 percent of African-Americans now support gay marriage, up from an average of 41 percent in previous polls.
Obama endorsed same-sex marriage two weeks ago.
“By speaking in very personal terms about his own journey, the president has helped to build a larger and stronger majority in support of full equality for committed gay and lesbian couples,” Fred Sainz, a spokesman for the Human Right Campaign, told the Post.
Of those surveyed, 71 percent said they had a friend, family member, or acquaintance who is gay.
In 2010 that number was 63 percent and in 1998 it was 59 percent. The poll, which surveyed 1,004 adults from May 17 to 20, also found that most Americans say Obama’s position on gay marriage will not play a big role in the November elections.
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