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  •  The younger the demographic, the less (6+ / 0-)

    newsworthy it is.  Which is wonderful!

    But all the dinosaurs who hate gays need to die off before it becomes a total non-issue.

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 06:54:38 PM PDT

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    •  It depends. (5+ / 0-)

      When my nephew came out at age 13 (he was precocious), his mother had a conniption fir--and pitched a few hissy fits too.  He chose to live with his grandmother who was in her mid-60s at the time. Her attitude was he was her grandson, no biggie.  His sister was embarrassed by him.  Eventually his Mom calmed down--but his paternal family is rock-ribbed Southern Church of Christ conservatives--and they treat him as a second-class citizen.,

      The ones who accepted him easiest were his grandmother and my husband and me. My Mom had no problem with gays because she knew the gay kid I laughingly called "my son"; I had taught him in Jr. high and I was the one he ran to when his Mom discovered he was gay and he needed a place to decompress.  Mom also knew that one of my favorite cousins and his partners closed their businesses in TX and moved to FL to take care of my great0aunt when she needed them. She was 82 when she died in 2004. Of course, I am a New Englander and former resident of NYC and my husband has hated GA for its closed mindedness since he was 16--and we're Wiccan feminist liberals. I think your values and your general attitudes have more to do with it than age, frankly.

      The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

      by irishwitch on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 09:09:38 PM PDT

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