So North Carolina was not the first, or the second, but the THIRTY FIRST state where voters defeated gay marriage in a referendum. Gay marriage has NEVER succeeded at the ballot box anywhere in America, not even in liberal California.
Now on this I could be wrong, but I also don't think voters in any state in the past has decided thru a popular vote to give more benefits to illegal immigrants. All the states with gay marriage and/or Dream Acts were done by activist legislators and governors, or activist (and inthe case of Dream Acts....treasonous and un-American) judges. It will be a complete embarassment for Maryland if either gay marriage or illegal immigration are upheld by a popular vote, neither of which has been done anywhere. Remember, not even in liberal California. If illegal immigration is upheld, it will show we do not care about laws or morals, and are so radically liberal that we are willing to pay extra taxes to support illegal aliens who have no right to be in our country. If gay marraige stands, it will shwo that we have turned our backs on God himself and care nothing for family values.
I'm hoping that the double referendums, plus anger over O'Malley's tax hikes and toll hikes and anger aginst Obama will drive more conservatives to the polls this fall. I hope that turnout on the Eastern Shore and Western Maryland, coupled with conservatives and religious people in the Baltimore suburbs will be able to overpower the entrenched liberal base in Montgomery County, PG County and Baltimore City. I've noticed that gay marriage and illegal immigration (and sometimes abortion) are issues where some Democrats, especially blue collar Democrats of all races differ from the party elite.
Now I'm not saying the GOP is perfect on illegals either. The GOP's watered down Dream Act nationally is still too soft since illegal immigration should never be legitimized. It might not make them citizen, but it legitimzies their presence in America which should not be allowed. Even if we are not actively hunting them down, any illegal should always be elgible for deportation if the authorities were to stumble on him for instance in a traffic stop or if someone reports them. THe only kind of Dream Act I would compromise on with citzienship would be if 1) if the illegal not only served in the military but served front line in combat or 2) if in exchange for amnesty, they turn in 20 other illegals who are deported.