Monday, May 21, 2012

Same-Sex Marriage Is Winning

Nate Silver in his FiveThirtyEight blog recently posted a chart showing a steady trend in national polling toward greater support for same-sex marriage. Panderbear recommends you read the original PollingReport.com report which provides a wealth of information on this topic including the data for Nate's chart.

Panderbear was born in an era when essentially 100% of homosexuals were still in the closet and homosexual stereotypes the subject of near universal and cruel condemnation. As the chart shows things have changed. Americans are evenly divided with regard to same-sex marriage. That fact came as something of a revelation to Panderbear even though he lived through this entire era of change.

National Support for Same-Sex Marriage

How is it that the right of marriage for same-sex couples has gained so much support and is legally recognized in several states? The second of Panderbear's posts on the Tea Party vs OWS noted that 'being right is not enough. It never is. As escaped slave and leader of the abolitionist movement Frederick Douglass said, "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did. It never will."'

Panderbear thinks Frederick Douglass was exactly right. Why are gays gaining the same civil rights regarding marriage as heterosexuals? Because they made a demand to power. They came out of the closet and poured into the streets for Gay Pride marches. Family members came out of the closet, at least within their families, by the millions. Congressmen openly admitted being gay. The LGBT community as a whole not only came out of the closet, they expressed pride in being who and what they are. All but the most backward people have learned that gay is a state of being, not a lifestyle choice nor something to be cured.

It's one thing to condemn an anonymous group for being different and many a politician still panders to these social Neanderthals. It's quite another thing when it turns out that your son or daughter or brother or sister is a member of that group. LGBT's have rejected humiliating anonymity and earned equality of civil rights by making their demand to power. However, the job won't be complete until same-sex marriages are recognized in all states and homophobia is considered something to be cured.

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5 comments:

  1. "However, the job won't be complete until same-sex marriages are recognized in all states and homophobia is considered something to be cured."

    Or rather, **is not considered something that can be cured.**

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    1. No I think it reads right in the first place. The fear if homosexuals is the aberration, but it's curable.

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  2. I support LGBT 100%. If two people are in love and committed to one another and want to spend their lives together....why not? They should be able to adopt and have a family if the so desire. I don't understand why the so called Republican "christians" think they can tell others how to live. Religion. Religion is what the Repubs use to condemn anything they don't like. Well, Repubs, get over it. Things WILL change eventually. You can make it easy or you can make it hard, but things will change.

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    1. Why "two people"? Why not just "people"? Why should it be numerically limited?

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    2. I agree. As long as consenting adults are involved, I don't see the point in denying anyone the same thing you allow another person to do. It creates a subclass of Americans.

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