I’ve been following the LGBT rights movement for some time now, as an interested party up until 2012 and as a part time blogger (at least on that particular subject) beyond that. Suffice it to say, the landscape has changed. Over the past decade we’ve gone from 0 states with marriage equality at the start of 2004 (though Massachusetts had by then legalized it), to 18 and counting (pending a bevy of court cases) today.
Furthermore, public support for Marriage Equality is outpacing it’s detractors in almost every state. You can, perhaps, learn more about the fight for Marriage Equality by observing its detractors.
Maggie Gallagher, one of the co-founders of the most well known anti-gay organization, the National Organization for Marriage, left the organization in early 2013 due to disagreement with the organization’s long term plans and to seeing the battle largely as lost.
Speaking of the National Organization for Marriage…they’re broke. Losses in Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington in 2012 crushed them. They lost $2.7 million dollars defending bigotry that year and donations have dried up to a few wealthy benefactors.
The comments of the “grassroots” portion of their website, NOMBLOG, used to run twenty and thirty deep with supporters. They’re now a ghost town.
Mark Regnerus, who was given $700,000 by NOM-affiliated groups to manufacture an anti-gay parenting study was just laughed out of court in Michigan. The judge dismissed his testimony as “entirely unbelievable and not worthy of serious consideration.” His own University, Central Florida, has endeavored to put as much distance as they can between them and him.
Anti-Gay activists have decided that if they can’t restrict the rights of gays in the United States, they can just as soon push to have them jailed, beaten, murdered, and executed overseas.
It’s amazing how quickly anti-gay bigotry has move from controversy into outright lunacy in the eye of the public. The Civil War ended in 1865. The American Civil Rights Act was signed in 1964. That’s 99 years and while LGBT individuals have never been slaves, the move from 0 states with marriage equality to 18 and counting today ten years later is warp speed by comparison.
This is notable because it means that certain views are becoming untenable within a generation instead of after the previous generation has passed. That’s probably unprecedented. And it presents a problem for those that want to cling to their anti-gay beliefs. The amount of like-minded people that they can take refuge with are disappearing faster than probably even they realize. As such their response has not been to let those beliefs die, but to panic and cling to them harder. So there are some difficult roads ahead to be sure as the fight is going to grow increasingly vicious, but that turmoil is an indicator of success. We should remember that.