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‘The Daily Show’ Challenges Stereotypes Of Southern Homophobia

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Tuesday night, The Daily Show challenged the notion that southern states like Mississippi and Alabama might be the last to pass marriage equality. Al Madrigal, unsatisfied by Nate Silvers statistics, took a stunt gay couple to the two Deep South states to test how people in public spaces would respond to their public displays of affection. They even proposed marriage in a Waffle House in each state. The responses were muted or positive, with the Waffle House customers applauding politely when he said, “Yes.”

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Of course, if the Supreme Court should rule that state bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, then all remaining states would follow at the same time.

The “Last Gay Standing” segment parallels a Colbert Report feature from August about Johnny Cummings, the openly gay mayor of the tiny town of Vicco, Kentucky. Back in January, Vicco became one of the smallest municipalities in the country to ban discrimination against LGBT people. As in Alabama and Mississippi, the residents of Vicco largely had positive things to say about Cummings, who said after the segment aired that he was happy with how it turned out.

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