5 Traditional Marriage Protectors Who Have Chilled Out in the Fight Against Gay Marriage

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In 2008, California passed Proposition 8, which defined marriage as an institution between one man and one woman in the state’s constitution. Close to 53 percent of Californians supported the measure, which is the same percentage of Americans that voted for Obama for his historic win.

Since California is a solidly blue state, it’s pretty safe to assume that if they voted overwhelmingly to keep marriage between a man and a woman, the majority of Americans as a whole probably didn’t support gay marriage.

Over four years later, Prop 8 has reached the Supreme Court, where nine justices will decide if California has a right to define marriage in its constitution, opening up the question of whether or not any state has the right to define marriage as its residents see fit.

Surprisingly, there seems to have been a huge shift in the public perception of gay marriage, and support for the homosexual community in general has come from some very unlikely sources.

These are some of the people we never expected to see backing away from the gay marriage debate:

Senator Rob Portman is a Republican with national ambition, and was on the short list to be Mitt Romney’s VP pick last summer. The conservative politician came out in favor of gay marriage earlier this month, partly (mostly?) because his own son is gay.

Former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Supreme Court in February supporting gay marriage. The brief included signatures of dozens of GOP supporters, including top advisors to George W. Bush, members of Congress, and former governors.

The Mormons, who took a lot of credit for Prop 8’s initial passing because of the large amount of money they poured into the campaign, seem to have changed their tune as well. While they still don’t advocate for gay marriage, they have been making strides in reaching out to the gay community. Church spokesman Michael Purdy said, “Being committed to marriage between a man and a woman does not mean that we do not love and care for all of God's children.” Even BYU, where 99 percent of the student body is LDS, is friendly to gay students.

Pope Francis, the new head of the Roman Catholic Church, argued in 2010 for the church in Argentina to support civil unions of same-sex couples.

The American public supports same-sex marriage by over 50 percent. The tides have changed over the past few years, with the estimated flip of popular opinion happening around 2011. What’s caused the shift? I’d say it’s because we’re human, and we get invested in other people’s stories. As our friends and family members have come out of the closet, it has put names and faces on something that used to be ambiguous.

Whether or not you’re in favor of changing the legal definition of marriage, it’s hard not to be compassionate to your loved ones and let them lead their own lives as they see fit. After all, we’re all just people.

Are you in favor of gay marriage?


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LostS... LostSoul88

The Mormons have NOT changed. I come from a mormon state and just because they are being mroe friendly to the LGBT community does not mean they have changed their tunes. They will fight till the end on not allowing gay marriage.

LostS... LostSoul88

and civil unions is not a marriage.... it's like a slap in the face.

nonmember avatar Liz

No, I am not in favor of it.

Jammi... Jammie209

I support it 100%! Who am I, or anyone else for that matter, to tell to legal adults they can not have one the most important things in life. A lot of people say it will ruin the country, already happening, that God says it's wrong, I don't know about u, but unless God spoke to me person to person, I'm not going to believe hearsay. Over 50% of marraiges already end in divorce, why on earth would anyone tell 2 ADULTS, who faught for this right, that they couldn't get married. Maybe heterosexuals can learn something from gay marriages, like loving each other no matter what. Because in this day and age I think there's definetely other things that are worse.

nonmember avatar chele

@jammie209- God's word isn't "hearsay". Its in the bible. And I agree, there are alot of worse things...but a homo-marriage will never teach me anything better than what I know about my hetero-marriage. EVER!

Scott Jacobs Jr

"I come from a mormon state"

You can say "Utah" out loud. They aren't like Candyman...

nonmember avatar Lexi jordan

@chele The Bible isn't the end all & be all of the world. I am Christian and believe in God but times have changed! We used to think having slaves was ok too. The Bible is NOT something we should be taking literally.

morgi... morgiefae

I am pro-marriage, be it "traditional" or gay-marriage. I am pro-love. But what really makes me mad, like everything else that has either a political or religious issue with it... People cuss each other out, degrade one an other, all over their difference of opinions. I am so sick and tired of how much HATE is on both sides of the arguments. crying mini

SLTmom SLTmom

Of course I'm in favor of it.  Why wouldn't I be in favor of my fellow Americans enjoying equal rights?

Scott Jacobs Jr

"and civil unions is not a marriage.... it's like a slap in the face." Oh get off it. If "civil unions" has every single benefit (and draw back, btw) as "marriage", then what exactly is your gripe? Is it that you won't get to REALLY piss off the fundies?  Because if that's the case, you should probably look into what you are doing and why you are doing it.

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