Editor's Note: All month long CNN Radio has been bringing you stories related to the issue of same sex marriage because next week the U.S. supreme court will hear two key cases regarding same-sex marriage. For part of that series we're focusing here on the South.
By Tommy Andres, CNN and Jenny Ament, CNN
(CNN) – Conservative values and religion are two key dividers on gay marriage, and recent Pew studies have found that opposition to same-sex unions is significantly higher in the Bible Belt than any other region of the country. While support for gay marriage has been rising everywhere nationwide, the uptick in the South has been markedly slower. We reached out to our listeners and asked what it's like to be gay in the South. We set up a 1-800 number and they called in to tell us their stories. Here are three of those stories.
Brandon is 25 and lives in Denver, but he grew up in Boone, North Carolina. He's planning on taking a job as a truck driver and many of his routes will canvass the South. Brandon says he plans on going back into the closet to avoid ruffling feathers. This is his story:
John didn't come out of the closet until after college. He couldn't. He had become president of his fraternity at an SEC school and feared that if he revealed his sexuality he would lose everything. This is his story:
Narissa is planning her wedding, but she's facing a tough decision. Should she have the ceremony in her home state where an amendment was passed just last year banning gay marriage, or in the Northeast where her bond would be legally recognized? This is her story: