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A decade ago, Howard Dean was unelectable because he supported civil unions in his state of Vermont. Now?
“The dominoes are falling,” said [bigot] Dr. Bob Borger. “They’re falling faster than I ever thought they could.” [...]
Gia Coluccio, a 2012 college graduate who’d gone to work for the [anti-equality] American Principles Project, described the traditional marriage movement as the "counter-culture." It had been, what, two or three years since they were the culture?
In 2003, Alaska, Hawaii, Nebraska and Nevada all had constitutional bans on same-sex marriages. In the 10 years after, 28 states followed. Thirteen of them passed in 2004, as Republicans cynically used the issue to rally conservatives to the polls during George W. Bush's reelection campaign, including swing states Oregon, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio.
Republicans attempted the same in 2008, putting a constitutional ban on equality in Florida, among other states.
Yet here we are now, enjoying a flood of popular support, with Republicans terrified of speaking out on the issue. The two biggest growth demographics—Latinos and millennials (which obviously overlap to a great extent)—are both more supportive of equality than the rest of the nation, meaning support will only continue to grow. The largest bigot contingent is also the oldest, and mortality isn't being kind to them.
And so we go from being on the receiving end of very efficient and effective hate, to having the bigots declare themselves "counterculture." And yup, they are. The culture has passed them by, shunned and vilified.
That they're taking down the GOP with them is the cherry on top.
Originally posted to kos on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 10:39 AM PDT.