I was born too late to witness the Civil Rights movement. But growing up I often wondered what racists were thinking when they denied equal rights to African-Americans. Was it ignorance? Fear? A bastardized sense of entitlement? And I wondered how millions of people--including many of our elected leaders--could hold such offensive views.
Today I wonder the same thing about those who hate gay people. Whether out of ignorance, fear, or a bizarre sense of dominion over the institution of marriage, they undermine American values by undercutting the ideals of equality they claim to protect. Hateful thoughts cannot easily be converted. But the reversal of hateful anti-LGBT actions requires an outrage from the Left and moderates that this country has not seen for nearly 50 years.
And when my child is old enough to be aware of the society around her/him, I hope she/he wonders the same thing I wondered in the '70s: "How could so many people have heaped such filthy bigotry on millions of their fellow countrymen and -women? And thank God the manifestation of these attitudes are becoming a thing of the past. . . ."