Pride and Prejudice

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Forty-five years after the Stonewall riots, eleven years after the Supreme Court struck down sodomy laws in Lawrence v Texas, almost four years after the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and one year after the historic decisions that paved the way for legal same-sex marriage, gay rights seem to be moving in a decidedly forward fashion. From macho gay athletes to beloved “modern families,” gay identity is no longer a sign of the apocalypse except perhaps for fire-and-brimstone preachers and Duck Dynasty patriarchs. Especially when it comes to marriage, national polls indicate that the boulder of anti-gay prejudice is slowly being pushed aside. The most recent one from Gallup showed 55% supporting same-sex marriage rights, with a much stronger majority (almost 8 in 10) among younger cohorts. As we enter the gay pride month of June, however, it might be time to take stock. Read more »