America can be decent

16 May

It's been a while since I posted anything on the growing movement towards the legalization of same-sex marriage in the US. On Monday, Massachusetts will become the first state to recognize same-sex marriages. One would think that this would have energized the Christian right, but the New York Times reports that backers of a gay marriage ban are struggling to get a response from the public:

Just four months after an alliance of conservative Christians was threatening a churchgoer revolt unless President Bush championed an amendment banning same-sex marriage, members say they have been surprised and disappointed by what they call a tepid response from the pews.

Most of the groups supporting the proposed federal constitutional amendment concede that it appears all but dead in Congress for this election year.

Perhaps there is greater decency in the public then I thought (or if you swing the other way, greater moral depravity). Either way, I'm glad that same-sex marriage has shown to be a much less important issue then it first appeared to be. We might just be able to handle it as a political hot potato in a democratic way. And congratulations to all the future happy couples in Massachusetts.

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