There's a reason why attitudes toward LGBTs are changing so fast these days. Here are a couple of stories about the young that illustrate exactly why.
The first is the story of a pious single mother and her 15 year old son forced to confront the "gay thing" and coming to a reconciliation. This is one very brave kid, and a mother who finds out that her son is better than she assumed, and so is she.
Here's what happened at a Catholic school in St. Paul, MN when officials of the Archdiocese came to talk to seniors about to graduate (and at voting age) about a proposed ban on same sex marriage before the voters of Minnesota this November. The tone-deafness of the officials trying to sell the Church's endorsement of the legislation to potential voters is astonishing. Even more astonishing is the push back they got from the students, who quickly figured out that they were being manipulated.
Multiply both of those stories by a thousand, and you will see why attitudes about LGBTs are changing so rapidly and dramatically across the country. As Maria Evans wrote on her Facebook page about the first story, we've reached a point where the dam has burst. Gays, lesbians, and even the transgendered, are no longer a strange freakish and menacing abstract Other, but family and friends. Coming out of the closet, and the critical mass it creates, makes all the difference in the world.
Tip of my fedora to IT for the second story.
Get up! Stand up for your rights! in California (hat tip to JoeMyGod)
More proof, as though we need any, that the Roman Catholic hierarchy has lost its mind. The "Radicalism of Obedience" indeed, right over the cliff. I think Stalin tried that once. The fanatic's dream come true, a smaller crazier church of the like minded, and anyone who isn't with the program is terrified into frightened acquiescence. "Obedient ghosts or tortured ghosts" said Jacob Bronowski who knew a thing or two about that worst and most destructive of all human cravings, the insatiable desire for certainty in a universe that promises none. This fish is definitely rotting from the head.