Same Sex Marriage

Chart of the Day: Same-Sex Marriage Normalized … Is Society Better Now?

America’s about-face on same-sex marriage happened in the blink of an eye.

Just 27% of Americans supported same-sex marriage in 1996, the year President Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act, which denied federal recognition of same-sex marriages. That’s flipped on its head: 71% now tell Gallup that same-sex and opposite-sex marriages should have the same legal recognition. See this in the chart below and learn more here.

Same-Sex Marriage 2022

One can say the horse is out of the barn in terms of same-sex marriage when looking at the reality of this poll. It has been successfully normalized in our society, regardless of our own personal beliefs. Politicians are left to fight on with their principles of traditional families or compromise to remain politically relevant.

CNN – The Senate on Tuesday passed legislation to protect same-sex and interracial marriage, called the Respect for Marriage Act, in a landmark bipartisan vote.

The final vote was 61-36. The bill was supported by all members of the Democratic caucus and 12 Republicans, the same dozen GOP members who backed the bill for a procedural vote earlier this month.

The twelve Republicans who voted for the bill include:

  • Roy Blunt of Mo.
  • Richard Burr of N.C.
  • Shelley Moore Capito of W.Va.
  • Susan Collins of Maine
  • Joni Ernst of Iowa
  • Cynthia Lummis of Wyo.
  • Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
  • Rob Portman of Ohio
  • Mitt Romney of Utah
  • Dan Sullivan of Alaska
  • Thom Tillis of N.C.
  • Todd C. Young of Ind.

While the bill would not set a national requirement that all states must legalize same-sex marriage, it would require individual states to recognize another state’s legal marriage.

So, in the event the Supreme Court might overturn its 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision that legalized same-sex marriage, a state could still pass a law to ban same-sex marriage, but that state would be required to recognize a same-sex marriage from another state.

So is society better now? From a constitutional perspective, many contend that the proposed federal law runs afoul of “traditional principles of federalism” by altering the balance between state and federal power. From a cultural perspective, many contend that it is yet another assault on traditional families.

What’s next? Here is one idea.

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  1. “Same-Sex Marriage Normalized” ??? Says who?

    It’s a matter of equality. Anything that has to ask for equality, isn’t equal, and nothing can make you equate yourself to some ‘unequal’ thing. Can’t happen.

    Plus, “marriage” is what is sought-after because it has been found to be valuable by, and in various ways to, Society, and thus rewarded in the small ways that Society has. Homosexual marriage is not, because it does not, similarly. And the proof of this is simple, Homosexual relationships are not new, they have been fully apprised, and no one is beating their way to the door of homosexual unions because they offer something more-attractive.

    And there is no label of ‘bigotry’ that will stick to that.

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