Support for same-sex marriage in the U.S. is increasingly widespread. The last three national Gallup polls have shown at least 50% of Americans in favor; articles like that can create the impression that a new era of tolerance has begun. Sadly, hatred is far from extinguished—other news stories seem ripped from a darker past.
- New York City, for example, is in the midst of a wave of anti-gay violence, epitomized by the murder of Mark Carson.
- The Huffington Post reports that a Texas judge used the morality clause of a divorced couple’s child-custody agreement to force an end to the mother’s relationship with her current partner, who is female.
- A female Florida teenager was expelled from her high school and is charged with two felonies, all stemming from the actions of her (female) partner’s parents. The teen’s parents believe their daughter is being targeted because the other parents “see being gay as wrong and they blame [our] daughter.”
Thankfully, there is also good news:
- Same-sex marriage was legalized in Minnesota last week.
- Illinois’ legislature is reportedly close to having the votes needed to do the same thing.
- The United Kingdom moved closer to granting legal same-sex marriage to its own citizens.