5 years vs two generations

by Datechguy | May 20th, 2009

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5 years vs two generations

I men­tioned last week that it would take two gen­er­a­tions before the dam­age from changes such as “Gay Mar­riage” shows up. (The two gen­er­a­tions rule often works with pos­i­tive things too btw) but Mag­gie Gal­lagher finds some effects that show up after only 5 years:

A fur­ther 36 per­cent of vot­ers who oppose gay mar­riage agreed with the state­ment, “If you speak out against gay mar­riage in Mass­a­chu­setts you really have to watch your back because some peo­ple may try to hurt you.” (Twenty-​six per­cent agreed strongly.) Fif­teen per­cent of vot­ers who oppose gay mar­riage say they per­son­ally know some­one who expe­ri­enced harass­ment or intim­i­da­tion because of their belief that mar­riage involves a man and a woman. (empha­sis mine)

This can’t be, sup­port­ers of Gay Mar­riage are sup­port­ers of tol­er­ance right?

The NOM/​MFI Mass­a­chu­setts Mar­riage Poll thus doc­u­ments a fairly sig­nif­i­cant level of appre­hen­sion among vot­ers who oppose gay mar­riage about the con­se­quences of speak­ing openly or act­ing on their belief that mar­riage means a hus­band and wife.

Noth­ing like a lit­tle fear, par­tic­u­larly in a bad econ­omy. Believ­ing Catholics need not apply I guess.

What dif­fer­ence has gay mar­riage made five years later? Sup­port for the idea that chil­dren need a mom and dad has dropped, and a sub­stan­tial minor­ity of peo­ple believe it is risky to oppose gay mar­riage openly.

Yet another rea­son for my boys to go.

I mentioned last week that it would take two generations before the damage from changes such as “Gay Marriage” shows up. (The two generations rule often works with positive things too btw) but Maggie Gallagher finds some effects that show up after only 5 years:

A further 36 percent of voters who oppose gay marriage agreed with the statement, “If you speak out against gay marriage in Massachusetts you really have to watch your back because some people may try to hurt you.” (Twenty-six percent agreed strongly.) Fifteen percent of voters who oppose gay marriage say they personally know someone who experienced harassment or intimidation because of their belief that marriage involves a man and a woman. (emphasis mine)

This can’t be, supporters of Gay Marriage are supporters of tolerance right?

The NOM/MFI Massachusetts Marriage Poll thus documents a fairly significant level of apprehension among voters who oppose gay marriage about the consequences of speaking openly or acting on their belief that marriage means a husband and wife.

Nothing like a little fear, particularly in a bad economy. Believing Catholics need not apply I guess.

What difference has gay marriage made five years later? Support for the idea that children need a mom and dad has dropped, and a substantial minority of people believe it is risky to oppose gay marriage openly.

Yet another reason for my boys to go.

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