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  •  The sharp uptick among Black denominations (5+ / 0-)

    is an interesting testimony to the influence of heroes:  when Obama announced he was getting off the fence and onto the right side of history .... it looks like a whole lot of black folks were ready and willing to follow him.  I like to think that many of them already secretly wanted to, and just needed some cover for defying the long-time stance of their elders.  

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 06:12:06 PM PDT

    •  It was as hard for straights to come out (3+ / 0-)
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      of the closet in support of LGBT rights in some environments as for LGBTs. Many of those who did at that time were surprised not to get much more pushback, and so it spread.

      Of course, that is not the case everywhere. In some environments, straights coming out in support was much easier than the actual oppressed coming out for themselves.

      On most issues, the public is evolving at something like 1% annually, about three million people a year, mostly young. Marriage Equality has been moving much faster since we reached the tipping point of overt majority support.

      Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

      by Mokurai on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 10:34:41 PM PDT

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      •  That's the case for parents in particular (0+ / 0-)

        After they accept their gay kid, then they have to navigate a thousand-and-one social situations of their own where they must decide how much to disclose about their child's life.  They have to come out as the parents of gays, over and over and over.

        "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

        by lgmcp on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 08:55:52 AM PDT

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    •  It was beginning to happen even before that (1+ / 0-)
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      though Obama's announcement certainly sped it up. I suspect that DADT repeal helped a lot, and Timothy Kincaid from Box Turtle Bulletin suggested that the enactment of marriage equality in DC (first non-lily-white place to get it) was a big factor.

      Unfortunately when smart and educated people get crazy ideas they can come up with plausibly truthy arguments. -- Andrew F Cockburn

      by ebohlman on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 10:40:02 PM PDT

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