Sunday, April 19, 2009

"homophobic activism is ever more depopulated and isolated as well as brain-dead"

We can hope, Mr. Rich. Brain dead and depopulated does not mean that hate has become love or even neutrality. About this take a look at Judith Warner's Dude, You’ve Got Problems.

More from Frank Rich's The Bigots’ Last Hurrah:

The Obamas’ dog had longer legs on cable than the news from Iowa and Vermont. CNN’s weekly press critique, “Reliable Sources,” inquired why. The gay blogger John Aravosis suggested that many Americans are more worried about their mortgages than their neighbors’ private lives. Besides, Aravosis said, there are “only so many news stories you can do showing guys in tuxes.”

As the polls attest, the majority of Americans who support civil unions for gay couples has been steadily growing. Younger voters are fine with marriage. Generational changeover will seal the deal. Crunching all the numbers, the poll maven Nate Silver sees same-sex marriage achieving majority support “at some point in the 2010s.”

Iowa and Vermont were the tipping point because they struck down the right’s two major arguments against marriage equality. The unanimous ruling of the seven-member Iowa Supreme Court proved that the issue is not merely a bicoastal fad. The decision, written by Mark Cady, a Republican appointee, was particularly articulate in explaining that a state’s legalization of same-sex marriage has no effect on marriage as practiced by religions. “The only difference,” the judge wrote, is that “civil marriage will now take on a new meaning that reflects a more complete understanding of equal protection of the law.”

Rich mentions Stephen Colbert's video and it is worth watching. Stephen Colbert probably did more to demolish the homophobes than all of our serious discussions. Sorry, could not get it to embed - go give it a look.

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