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August 03, 2005

Gay Marriage "Backlash" Update

Malbug_15 One of the reasons some gay conservatives like our friends over at GayPatriot have been a bit hesitant to get four-square behind equal marriage rights is the whole notion that it is all "too much, too soon."  (Of course, like most things, their critique is a bit more nuanced than that.)

Putting aside for a moment how the closely clipped hairs on the back of my neck stand up at the notion of sitting at the back of the bus, there is new evidence that the tide continues to turn in the favor of the fair-minded, and fears of backlash are dissipating:

Support among American voters for same-sex marriage has rebounded to its highest point since July 2003 and for the first time, a majority favors giving gay and lesbian couples many of the same rights as married couples.

While 53% of those polled by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press oppose gay marriage, 35 percent said they favor gay marriage.  That is the highest number of people supporting same-sex marriage since the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court took up the marriage issue in 2003, ultimately ruling in November that year that gay couples could wed.


Fifty-three percent, the same number as oppose gay marriage, would permit gays and lesbians to enter into legal arrangements that would give them many of the same rights as married couples.

It has been more than a year now since Goodridge.  The sun continues to rise in the east and set in the west.  Yes, there have been setbacks in some states and over some issues.  But equality is undeniably on the march in this country and several others around the world.

We still believe that the entire debate will be nothing more than a distant memory within our own lifetime.

But until then, we will be traveling to Massachusetts next week with our partner to partake firsthand in this hard-fought and fundamental right.  And we salute all the the courageous pioneers who have gone before us who have made it possible.