Focus on the Family Backing Off Marriage Equality Fight?

05/23/2011 2:50 PM |


Is Focus on the Family giving up the fight on gay marriage? Could be. With Gallup polls showing a majority of Americans supporting same-sex marriage for the first time and Governor Cuomo publicly supporting marriage equality, things are looking good, right?

Now, I know, I know. Marriage equality is the issue that gets all the attention, while funding for housing for homeless gay teens and HIV/AIDS treatment and care is being slashed. I know that the big gay orgs’ focus on marriage equality often steps on the fight for trans civil rights and takes attention away from other, very important issues, often ones that affect queer populations marginalized in other ways. I fully understand that many gay and lesbian people don’t want to get married, ever, and could give a shit about the right to do so.

Still, though. It’s pretty sweet to hear someone from a hate group like Focus say:

We’re losing on that one, especially among the 20- and 30-somethings: 65 to 70 percent of them favor same-sex marriage. I don’t know if that’s going to change with a little more age—demographers would say probably not. We’ve probably lost that. I don’t want to be extremist here, but I think we need to start calculating where we are in the culture.

One must take good news where one can get it, I think. And like it or not, I think that for more conservative folks who see getting married and having a family as the “normal” thing, accepting that those marriages needn’t be a dude and lady is a big step toward seeing LGBTQ people as actual people. Especially when there’s this:

We’re winning the younger generation on abortion, at least in theory.