The Long Road Ahead

Salon hosted a debate on the politics of marriage equality. Here's Jonathan Rauch: was not until 1997 that you had a majority of Americans tell Gallup that it was OK for blacks and whites to intermarry. And it is not until 2008 when Gallup had a tied result on whether homosexuality was a moral lifestyle; the public is still divided down the middle on that. So the change may be rapid, but it's only rapid compared to earlier changes that were very slow. So I don't see in my lifetime getting to a point where same-sex marriage is completely uncontroversial. I do think we stand a pretty good shot of getting to a point where it's at least consensus uncontroversial.