Quite obviously, there are other scatterbrains who know more than I about this. But I find the LATimes most recent poll on attitudes toward gay marriage and relationships quite interesting. (This emerging out of the recent supreme court case). Most Californians do not believe that gay relationships were morally wrong, and reported valuing committed relationships, regardless of sexual orientation. While the majority agreed with an amendment against gay marriage, the majority was slim (a mere 51%). This to me seems to be a pretty big change. Also interesting was the demographic breakdown (graph below).
Looking at the question of same-sex relationships being “morally wrong” – men were less likely to agree than women, and people aged 35-44 were the least likely (even less so than folks 18-34). This is not what I would expected at all. And while folks 65+ were fairly likely to view sex-sex relationships as morally wrong, they nonetheless felt that as long as folks were committed to one another, it doesn’t matter (60%). Actually the folks 65+ and 18-34 look about the same.
Friends of mine have told me, “In 15 years this won’t be an issue anymore.” I doubt that. But it strikes me that that is the direction we’re moving in.