Also, what law school is in Bakersfield?
Why does it matter? The argument seems to be whether California is more liberal than Texas on acceptance of gays. Bakersfield is in California. You did say, "California is going to be more liberal towards LGBTs than Texas."
California is the liberal state. If you weren't aware, both propositions were to ban gay marriage, so a higher percentage means more people want to ban gay marriage. Thus, I'm not sure I understand your question.
As to the Bakersfield remark - you were comparing Dallas to Bakersfield, as SMU is in Dallas. It's a fallacious argument because there's no equivalent law school in Bakersfield. Even if we were to extrapolate the discussion to encompass the state, your argument would still be fallacious. Bakersfield does not represent the totality of California, as Dallas does not represent the totality of Texas. If the debate is whether California or Texas is more gay friendly as a whole, then comparing Bakersfield to Dallas is clearly bullshit. Dallas is one of the largest cities in Texas, so you should have been more intellectually honest in your comparison and chosen one of the largest cities in California, such as Los Angeles or San Francisco.
Not sure how you got the idea I was comparing cities with law schools in both states, but I enjoyed your reasoning. Of course, it's inconsequential to the main point. You said, "California is going to be more liberal towards LGBTs than Texas." Since you're the intellect, maybe you can better explain how such a naive generalization is valid.
I'm sure you're not merely arguing that more liberal parts of TX are more liberal than more conservative parts of CA - clearly not a novel idea. If you look at my original claim that you initially responded to, I asserted, "but just by demographics alone, California is going to be more liberal towards LGBTs than Texas. When it comes down to cities, I'm sure it becomes more subjective."
As "the intellect", I provided a basic raw statistic of why I think California is more LGBT friendly overall than Texas via levels of state support for government bans on same-sex marriage. In addition, Nate Silver of 538 also built a regression model with three variables (prevalence of religion, state demographics, and type of amendment) to determine when a majority of a state's population will become progressive enough to accept same-sex marriage: http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2009/04/ ... riage.html
Based on all three variables, CA outstrips TX. Statistics, historical facts, and Texas' general demographics illustrate that Texas as a whole is less accepting of LGBT individuals as California
If you weren't making a comparison of Dallas because it's the metropolitan area adjacent to SMU, then how about you address the second part of my response? Care to explain why you cherry picked Bakersfield as a generalization of California and Dallas of Texas? Oh, and I still don't understand your question, "I thought CA was the liberal state?"
I like the exasperated eye roll btw. It's always nice when people try to keep a discussion on an anonymous on-line forum civil.