“It’s only a matter of time,” said a prominent Republican pollster, who declined to be named for stating a view that runs contrary to those of many of his clients. “Once the dam bursts, which is going to happen, it’s a process that won’t be stopped.”
And that sense of a building flood is part of the reason that the recent setbacks have prompted no serious evaluation of the goals of the gay rights movement and no discussion of backing off a totemic issue — though it’s one that some gay leaders, like Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), have long argued should be postponed for more practical fights. If anything, the energy and money of the gay rights movement are directed toward more energetic, more confrontational tactics; civil disobedience, Mixner suggested, will become more common in 2010.
“The fact of the matter is that in little more than a year, we have multiplied the number of states with freedom to marry by six,” said Evan Wolfson, founder of the group Freedom to Marry, referring to the District and five states. “That’s a good year,” he said.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Is gay marriage inevitable?