Gay marriage gets hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court

It cannot be understated how swiftly Americans have come around to the idea of marriage equality. Or gay marriage, depending on your preference.

Since 2010, support for gay marriage has exploded in a sharp sea change not normally seen even on the most rapidly evolving social issues.

Gay marriage supporters speak out in this Associated Press photo.

I expected such an evolution of thought, but nobody could have imagined a day so soon when politicians would be tripping over themselves to come out for gay marriage.

Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio barely caused a ripple when he announced Thursday that he no longer opposes same-sex marriage. Portman said he has reconsidered the issue in the two years since learning that his son is gay.

“There’s just been a real huge sea change in how people view gay marriage,” says Dawn Michelle Baunach, a sociologist at Georgia State University who has tracked attitudes toward same-sex marriage over the past two decades.

“In 1988, we had 72 percent of people who said they disapproved of gay marriage, and only 13 percent approved. But by 2010, we had cut disapproval almost in half, and approval has quadrupled,” she told NPR.

The latest public opinion surveys show an even greater jump, NPR reports. About one-third of Americans now oppose gay marriage, while some 58 percent support it.

The movement on this issue is just astounding. It seems to be related to a personalization of the issue. We all know someone who is gay. It’s less of an abstract issue. We like our gay friends and want them to have the same rights and opportunities we do.

How refreshing. NFL linebacker Scott Fujita said it best in a guest column yesterday in the New York Times.

How do you feel about gay marriage as the Supreme Court gets set to hear arguments? How your opinion changed at all?

About John Hilton

I grew up in Susquehanna County, Pa. and graduated Syracuse University with a dual degree in journalism/political science in 1998. After working for nearly three years for a weekly paper in upstate New York, I came to southcentral Pennsylvania. I spent 13 years as a reporter and editor for The Sentinel in Carlisle and joined the York Daily Record as religion reporter in September 2011.
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One Response to Gay marriage gets hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court

  1. Richard Nye says:

    The Bible clearly states that marriage is for one man and one woman, not 2 women or 2 men. Maybe a solution for the gay marriage issue would be to give them the same tax benifits with out the marriage certificate.

    When our politicans take office they put their hands on the Holy Bible, I would hope that means something and that they read it and live by it.

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