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A change of social attitude coming to America?

I don’t think we’ll see this on a nation-wide scale anytime soon, but it appears that folks south of the border are realizing same-sex marriage isn’t going to destroy the fabric of their society:

At its low, in 2004, just 32 percent of Americans favored gay marriage, with 62 percent opposed. Now 49 percent support it versus 46 percent opposed — the first time in ABC/Post polls that supporters have outnumbered opponents. More than half, moreover — 53 percent — say gay marriages held legally in another state should be recognized as legal in their states.

Even some of the Republicans are seeing this trend and urging their party to not only stop trying to use that issue as part of a culture/religious war, but to accept and endorse it, and not just any Republican, but the top strategist of the McCain/Palin presidential campaign:

“I’m confident American public opinion will continue to move on the question toward majority support, and sooner or later the Republican Party will catch up to it,” […]In his Friday noontime speech, Schmidt (argued) that same-sex marriage is in step with principles that conservatives hold dear. “There is a sound conservative argument to be made for same-sex marriage… “I believe conservatives, more than liberals, insist that rights come with responsibilities. No other exercise of one’s liberty comes with greater responsibilities than marriage. “It cannot be argued that marriage between people of the same sex is un American or threatens the rights of others,” he (said). “On the contrary…it seems to me that denying two consenting adults of the same sex the right to form a lawful union that is protected and respected by the state denies them two of the most basic natural rights affirmed in the preamble of our Declaration of Independence — liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That, I believe, gives the argument of same sex marriage proponents its moral force.”

The American public just elected their first African-American president, and they may be heading towards breaking down something else still seen as a social taboo in many states, but which is slowly changing. I must say the fact that tolerance is starting to gain the upper hand on this is very encouraging, and more people seem to be realizing that one may not agree with it, but if it’s not affecting them, live and let live. One just needs to look at Canada to see that the nation has not been destroyed when it allowed same-sex marriage. It’s why even the Conservatives refuse to bring it up as an issue anymore.

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