For the First Time Ever, Most Americans Back Gay Marriage


A milestone was reached for gay rights last week when a new survey from ABC and the Washington Post announced that more than half of Americans (53% to be exact) say that gay men and women should be allowed to legally marry.

This is the first time the percentage has broken 50% in the nearly 10 years of surveys. In 2004, that number was only 32%, so we have come a long way in gaining mainstream acceptance.

Additionally, majority support for same-sex marriage is no longer exclusive to people in their 20s. 65% of people in their 30s approve of same-sex marriage (up 23% since 2005), and 52% of people in their 40s (up 17%) agree with equal marriage rights.

Unfortunately, these numbers will not make much of a difference for Republicans because the people that are against equality are really against it, and we all know that people who are really against something make a pretty good base of political support. But for all of you Republicans that will continue to discriminate against the LGBT community for your own political gain, being on the wrong side of history is never fun. Just ask the Nazis or the KKK.

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Post-1980s Children of Gay Parents Thrive in School, More Open Society


How amazing is this?

From ABC News:

In 1994, Daddy Dave and Daddy Bob prepared 5-year-old Elizabeth Wall for the first day of kindergarten in New Jersey, meeting with the principal in advance to ease her transition as the daughter of two gay men.

Elizabeth Wall, 20, and her two fathers, Bob Houck (left) and David Wall of Lawrenceville, N.J., who adopted her when she was only five days old. (Courtesy of the David Wall family)

Elizabeth Wall, 20, and her two fathers, Bob Houck (left) and David Wall of Lawrenceville, N.J., who adopted her when she was only five days old. (Courtesy of the David Wall family)

They never learned until years later how insensitively the school reacted to their unconventional family, according to Wall, now 20 and a sociology major at the College of Wooster in Ohio.

“They had never had gay parents before,” Wall told ABCNews.com. “It’s funny, after the principal met with them, he went to the faculty and said, ‘Who wants to take her?’”

Fortunately one teacher, who later became a close friend, volunteered and took the little girl under her wing in the Lawrenceville classroom, but for years Wall was careful about only telling close friends that she had two fathers.

“Obviously I was different and didn’t have a mom,” she said. “We are living in a world that treats our families differently. It can be isolating and challenging.”

Wall is one of a growing number of children, who affectionately call themselves “gaybies” or ” queer spawn”. Born after the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, they are now reshaping the American family.

Of the 270,000 children living with same-sex parents, about 65,000 are adopted. Most, like other Americans, are in two-child families.

GLAAD Releases Annual LGBT TV Rating Index


From GLAAD’s Media Release, a report that maps the quantity, quality and diversity of images of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people on television:

Good

– HBO and Showtime received grades of Good, with HBO leading with 42 percent of programming hours featuring LGBT representations.

– ABC, with shows including Brothers & Sisters, Grey’s Anatomy and Ugly Betty, again received the highest ranking of the five broadcast networks, earning a Good grade with 24 percent of their primetime programming hours including LGBT representations.

– The CW also received a grade of Good, with 20 percent of their primetime programming hours including LGBT representations.

Adequate

– While Fox received an Adequate, rising from last place and a Failing grade in 2008; 11 percent of its programming hours were LGBT-inclusive, yet some of those hours included problematic content.

– Among cable networks evaluated, TNT showed the largest growth, jumping from one percent of LGBT inclusive primetime programming hours last year to 19 percent. FX posted the sharpest decline, dropping 32 percent over the previous season. Both were graded

Failing

– NBC and CBS received Failing grades, for their 8 and 5 percent, respectively, of programming hours with LGBT images. CBS moved down from third place in last year’s GLAAD Network Responsibility Index to last among the five major broadcast networks.

– A&E, Sci Fi and TBS received grades of Failing.

Read the full media release from GLAAD.