The author visits Franklin County, Miss. where census data shows there are no same-sex couples. He soon discovers that to be untrue:

“‘I think people should be able to marry whoever they want to.’

“I walked over to ask why, in this place where most people seem cool to the idea of gay people, that he took such a progressive stance. He waved me inside the store.

“‘I’m gay myself, that’s why,’ he said in that kind of intense whisper that conveys both urgency and secrecy. It’s the tone you hear a lot in movies like ‘Argo.’

“I was stunned.”