There are tens of thousands of years of history behind the way things have been. Just like the changes with women becoming equal, these sorts of colossal mind shifts take time to ripple through a society.
All the studies I read indicate that older people are most against the idea, and younger people don't see what the big deal is. So my theory is that as the older anti-gay generation passes on, the situation will quickly become one where gay marriage is the norm, and it will be done in a far more rapid time than most other transitions we have seen in history.
I imagine we don't have to wait more than another 10-20 years for the generation situation to have us all have 100% gay marriage states. That's pretty amazing.
I.e. I think with the elder members of our population that it's not going to work to try to change their minds, to undo decades of hard core lessons they have had drilled into them. I think we just have to wait for their generation to fade away.
Also, my parents voted for prop 8 in CA, which really saddened me. I thought they were cooler than that about gay couples. I cannot IMAGINE how they thought taking away given rights to individuals -who never did or could hurt them personally - could in any way feel right.
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That must be challenging. I am fortunate that in my family everyone feels strongly for gay rights, so it is never a discussion point.
Well that being said I'm not sure about my southern relatives. They did seem to be of the mind that "boys will be boys and they can only play with boy toys". That did bother me a bit. I've only seen them once in 20 years though so it's a distant issue.
Well, the last time failed, but they're trying again and think they may make it. Here's a graphic about how Maryland people are voting, and it's interesting because it sort of ties to our other discussion on race. I.e. why do they break out "African-American voters"?
While I ask that, I do like that they break out the age groups - because it's always been my theory that we have to "age out" older voters in order to finally get gay marriage to be legal across the US.