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Gay Marriage at the Ballot Box

AVCurmudgeon Wrote: Nov 14, 2012 12:02 PM
You are wrong about generational attitudes and interracial marriage. I know, I was there. It may be satisfying in some way to reduce these questions to the simplistic metric of generational attitudes, but it is wrong. Many people across all generations thought "anti-miscegenation" laws were wrong. It was a matter of fundamental human dignity. Try as anyone might, the campaign for gay marriage does not meet that same standard.
SteveL2 Wrote: Nov 14, 2012 3:51 PM
One big reason why the younger generation came to oppose miscegenation laws and other forms of racism was serving in the military.

During World Wars I and II, whites and blacks were drafted into the army and served together. That helped show whites that blacks weren't the inferior beings that they had been led to believe.

I don't think it's a coincidence that the modern civil rights movement began only a decade after the end of World War II.
Science Avenger Wrote: Nov 14, 2012 3:32 PM
It is you who are oversimplifying. The fact that many people across all generations were against anti-miscegenation laws doesn't change the fact that the proportions who did were highly correlated with age, just as support for gay marriage is now. This is the norm with social change. It isn't so much about persuading people to change their minds, as much as it is waiting for the older generations with different ideas to die off and newer generations raised with the new normal to become the majority.

SUPPORTERS OF SAME-SEX MARRIAGE have reason to cheer after last week's election. Supporters of democratic self-government, even those of us who oppose gay marriage, do too.

On Nov. 6, for the first time ever, voters in three states – Maine, Maryland, and Washington – redefined marriage by popular vote. In Minnesota, residents said no to a constitutional amendment enshrining the traditional understanding of marriage as the union of a man and a woman. There is no denying the significance of these results: Previously the issue had gone to the ballot in 32 states, and in all 32 same-sex marriage was defeated....