The End of Gay Victimhood

The author has a point on how the dialectic of civil rights has moved to allowing LGBT people to fight for civil responsibilities such as marriage, adoption and military service. However, to say that the nation, as a whole, has moved this way is rather uninclusive of those states and other jurisdictions in which LGBT-related protections are non-existent. Georgia is one such jurisdiction.


Like most gay Americans, I still remember the shock of hope colliding with fear when I heard that Massachusetts’ high court had ordered same-sex marriage. I dreaded a national backlash against gay marriage and gay people; I hoped for a chance to show that married same-sex couples pose no threat.

The backlash materialized and brought an outpouring of state laws and constitutional amendments that banned gay marriage and, often, partnership programs too. But the sky did not fall in Massachusetts, and 10 years to the day after the state Supreme Judicial Court handed down Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, more than a third of the U.S. population lives in states recognizing marriage equality. The federal government also recognizes same-sex marriages, and everyone can see which way the trend is pointing.

So Goodridge launched the gay-marriage era. But it also had an effect that none of us foresaw…

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