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Tipping Point

Timothy Kincaid

May 1st, 2009

Matt Baume, writing in SF Appeal, makes the point that all conversations about gay people, their families, and their lives advance the movement towards equality.

What’s hastening along this shift in public opinion? Conversations. The more people talk about gay couples, the more comfortable they are with them. And it doesn’t even seem to matter what people say — lord knows, there’ve been plenty of anti-gay conversations lately — every conversation keeps nudging public opinion towards equality. So the anti-gay-couple groups like the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) are standing in quicksand: the more they keep struggling, the faster they sink. Next month, the California Supreme Court will rule on Prop 8 — and no matter the outcome, it’ll nudge public opinion yet again.

Baume also links to our observations on NOM’s second ad. Thanks, Matt.

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Ben in Oakland
May 1st, 2009 | LINK

I must be prescient. I wrote this yesterday on this VERY website.

“ou gotta love these people. I’m glad they think it is important to keep stirring the pot. i have long maintained that they are not the enemy. The enemy is the closet and the ocnspiracy of silence that supports it.

The more they talk, the more other people talk.”

Ephilei
May 1st, 2009 | LINK

You know, I think you’re (both) right. And that means Prejean’s stupidity is actually worthy of media attention. Anything sparking conversations.

David C.
May 1st, 2009 | LINK

A national conversation involves a larger cross section of perspectives and creates opportunity for the articulation of more and perhaps better reasoned points of view. The extremes are often shrill and myopic. Those with less of a vested interest in any one position tend to reason through the arguments presented across the spectrum, leading to a better public policy debate all around.

At long last we are finally having that national conversation, and as we do, the vocabulary of the debate shifts from the realm of belief and condemnation to that of facts and civil rights.

Now we’re getting somewhere.

Jack
May 2nd, 2009 | LINK

Why is there a link to the anti-gay website NationForMarriage.org on Box Turtle?

Jack
NYC

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