Thank you, Gerry Cohen

Some days it is odd where you find your bright moments and little slivers of hope. This morning I found mine in the N&O. No, really. I'm serious. I was reading this post about how Senator Richard Burr had sent a lot of money to losing candidates last election cycle and I scrolled down to find another piece about a Republican senator from Cary who wants to make sure North Carolina's laws are gender neutral. He must have daughters or granddaughters.

Yeah, I know. A Republican sounding reasonable and all concerned about fairness and such would make anyone snap to attention, but that wasn't what caught my eye. Apparently, Sen. Stevens' attempt to make sure women aren't referred to as "he" in our state laws hit a snag over gay marriage. Republicans obsessing over gay marriage isn't notable, but Gerry Cohen's response is.

"You can't make gender neutral a statute specifically calling on the state to discriminate based on gender," said Gerry Cohen, the bill drafting director.

Thank you, Gerry Cohen, for calling it what it is. Discrimination.


Not the first time I've heard that

His honesty is refreshing.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.


Gerry also works inside at voting sites (in November it was Pullen Park) throughout early voting. I don't know if he does this on vacation time or as some part of his job, but he seems to be there all the time and he comes out regularly to sort out any potential voting questions or problems on the line. On Election Day, he stood out in the rain and explained the ballot to people coming in.