I was reading this Mark Green piece about being on the right side of history on the Huffington Post. It’s about being on the right side of history but it touches on all the rights battles that have been fought since the mid 19th century.
Here’s what Green has to say about gay marriage:
– Gay Rights. Although all state referenda have voted down same-sex marriage, usually narrowly, can anyone seriously doubt the trend line? Since the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs have just said that don’t-ask/don’t tell hurts the military – and since a majority of Americans over 60 oppose gay marriage while a majority under 30 support it – the issue for gays is not whether but when. And when they win these rights and nothing happens to heterosexual couples, it’s not hard to predict which party will gain politically and which won’t.
It’s a combination of age and religiosity. Age is the critical component here.
Patrick Lynch – 44 (Supports Marriage Equality)
Frank Caprio – 44 (Supports Marriage Equality)
Lincoln Chafee – 51 (Supports Marriage Equality)
Todd Giroux – 40 (Supports Marriage Equality)
Ken Block – 44 (Supports Marriage Equality)
John Robitaille – 62 (Does not support Marriage Equality)
Those 55 and under seem to support marriage equality while those 60 and over tend to be less supportive. Robitaille the Repug candidate is just parroting the Carcieri line and Carcieri is parroting the NOM line. It’s really amusing to watch this.
And we definitely know that those 18 to 29 overwhelmingly support full equality.
Comes down to knowing gay people. Those of us 50 and under know gay people, have people in our family that are gay (In mine we’re pretty well represented!).
So the trend is toward more acceptance. It explains why the bigots like the Massachusetts Family Institute, the National Organization for Marriage, and others like the FRC, AFA et al are so vicious about it.
It is why their hue and cry is all about the children. Because they see that 80%+ support figure and are horrified that kids might learn that it’s ok if you’re LGBT.