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The last defeat?

Hendrik Hertzberg sees Prop 8 as the movement’s last defeat in this week’s New Yorker:

The defenders of equal access to marriage, in other words, think their problem was tactical—“messaging,” not substance. They are probably right. In the days after the election, tens of thousands of people, gay and straight, took to the streets of cities and towns throughout the country in spontaneously organized protest. But the mood at these gatherings, by all accounts, was seldom angry; it was cheerful, determined, and hopeful. From 1998 to 2006, bans on same-sex marriage were put on the ballot in one state or another thirty times, and twenty-nine times the people voted for them. This year, in addition to California, Florida passed a ban; Arizona, which in 2006 had been the one exception, reversed itself and did the same; more cruelly, Arkansas approved a ballot measure depriving gay men and lesbians of the right to adopt children. But all this has about it the feel of a last stand…. Like a polluted swamp, anti-gay bigotry is likely to get thicker and more toxic as it dries up. Viciousness meets viscousness.

That seems pleasant, and may be true. A lot of people seem to be changing their minds rapidly, many of them religious, fiscally conservative, pro-life, etc. Unlike abortion, this is not a complex moral issue. It’s actually pretty easy once you look at it for a while.


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