Yesterday, North Carolina voted to enshrine discrimination against gays and lesbians in its state constitution. Amendment One, banning gay marriage, passed with the approval of 59% of voters.
Even so, anti-gay conservatives are losing. They are losing badly. They are losing so badly that they have to resort to state constitutional amendments in order to stem their losing tide of losing loss.
Consider demographics. Young people are in favor of gay marriage by a margin of two-to-one. Young people are the future. Conservatives have lost the future.
Consider culture. I can remember a time when there were no gay characters on TV. Then there was Will and Grace. And now, from Modern Family to Glee, positive gay characters are no cause for comment. (Well, in the case of Glee, gay characters which are no more screwed up than the straight characters.)
Conservatives have lost the culture. And they know it.
Consider the country as a whole. According to nationwide polls, the majority of Americans now favor gay marriage. Here is one by Gallup , which shows not only present day attitudes, but a quite obvious long range trend, one which tracks closely with the aforementioned cultural shifts.
These state constitutional amendments are a rear guard effort to fend off impending defeat. Fingers in the dike.
Dear conservative reader, do you think that this is a way for a liberal socialist to comfort himself? It is. It also happens to be true. And based on long range trends, one day, you may well find yourself on my side.