Step 1: Southern states begin passing laws opposing something.
Step 2: The rest of the country realizes the South has never been right.
Step 3: The federal government cancels out stupid state legislation.
Step 4: Conservatives whine for another 10-20 years.
In short, maybe we should see the North Carolina ban on gay marriage as a step towards nationally recognized gay marriage. After all, the North Carolina constitution was amended to ban white people from marrying black people… so as a general rule, you might say, “So goes the South, so goes the nation in the opposite direction.”