Culture shift re:
homosexuality, bisexuality, etc.
Events during 2009-MAY illustrating
cultural shifts about sexual minorities
The acronym SSM refers to same-sex marriage;
GLBT refers to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual persons.
||2009-MAY: National poll on civil unions and SSM: A Quinnipiac
University nationwide poll of adults found that:|
||55% oppose SSM; 38% support SSM; 7% undecided or refuse to answer.
57% support civil unions; 38% oppose civil unions; 5% undecided or
refuse to answer. 1
These data support the suggestion made by some GLBT groups and civil
libertarians that legalization of civil unions for same-sex couples is a
preferred first step, leading to SSM at some future date.
2009-MAY-04: USA: Associated Press speculates about Republican Party
and SSM: The Associated Press commented on the past history and
possible future the attitudes of the Republican Party towards equal rights for
GLBT persons in general and towards SSM in particular. They note that "over
the past decade, public acceptance of gay marriage has changed dramatically."
David McCuan, a political scientist at Sonoma State University in California,
said: "This is not a sea change. This is a tide that is slowly rising in favor
of gay marriage."|
The Associated Press commented:
"... as more states accept gay and lesbian unions, there is a debate inside
the party over how it should position itself on the issue. The dispute is just
one part of a broader struggle within the out-of-power GOP over its identity
and whether it should focus on rallying conservatives or attracting supporters
from across the political spectrum."
"Some prominent Republicans are backing
away from cut-and-dried opposition, and some party operatives say it's only a
matter of time before others follow suit because the country is changing."
"Republican Gov. Jon Huntsman of Utah, a Mormon who is a potential
presidential candidate, backed a 2004 constitutional amendment defining
marriage as between a man and a woman. But he says he favors civil unions and
extending some legal rights to gay couples."
"Last month, John McCain's chief campaign strategist, Steve Schmidt, told
the Log Cabin Republicans: 'Even though a majority of Republicans remain
opposed to it, we must respect dissent on the subject within the party and
encourage debate over it, and should not reject out of hand and on specious
grounds ... that the party might be in the wrong on the question'."
"The shifting landscape is emboldening the gay-rights' movement, a pillar
of the Democratic Party's left flank."
" 'We are at a tipping point moment,' said Joe Solmonese, president of the
Human Rights Campaign, a leading advocate of gay rights. 'The lingering
minority that continues to think that the way to win is to hold GLBT people up
as a wedge could not be more out of touch'."
2009-MAY-06: ME: Governor signs SSM bill into
law: Both the Senate and House passed LD 1120, a bill to legalize SSM in
Maine. Governor John Baldacci (D) who was personally opposed to SSM respected
the will of the Legislature and signed the bill into law. Same-sex couples
will be able to obtain marriage licenses after the legislative session ends in
mid-June. Maine becomes the fifth state to legalize SSM, after Massachusetts,
Connecticut, Vermont, and Iowa. More details.|
2009-MAY-07: OH: Domestic partner registry opens in Cleveland OH:
City Hall in Cleveland was a busy place. On the outside steps, supporters of
the domestic partner registry held a celebration rally. Inside the building,
in the City Council chambers, Councilperson Zack Reed, who voted against the
registry, invited a group of clergy who had also opposed the registry. The
Rev. C. Jay Matthews led the ministers in prayer. The clergy then marched to
the Public Square to celebrate the National Day of
2009-MAY-10: USA: Debate at LivingVote.org: For some months now,
LivingVote.org has been discussing a debate and vote on same-sex marriage.
Their specific question is whether California Prop. 8, that changed the state
constitution to forbid same-sex marriage, should stand or be overturned. They
have broken the question down into a tree of sub-arguments and
counter-arguments. As of this date, the vote is 51% for overturning Prop. 8
and 49% in favor of retaining it. 5|
2009-MAY-14: NH: Governor Lynch may sign SSM
bill: On 2009-MAY-14, New Hampshire Governor Lynch said that he
would sign a bill legalizing same-sex marriage if the Legislature modified it
to give greater protections to churches who wanted to continue to discriminate
against same-sex couples. This would make SSM available in all but one of the
New England states More info.|
2009-MAY-23: Scotland: Church of Scotland confirms appointment of
minister: Rev Scott Rennie, 37, who has served at Brechin Cathedral
in Angus, Scotland for a decade was selected to be the new minister of Queen's
Cross in Aberdeen, Scotland, both by 86% of the congregation and by
a majority vote of the presbytery. He is in a committed relationship with another man. In a
precedent-setting move, the church's general assembly approved Rennie's
appointment by a vote of 326 to 267 (55% in favor). 2More info.
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
"Dems see opportunity in gay marriage," Associated Press,
Brian Donnelly, "Church of Scotland General Assembly upholds appointment
of gay minister," The Herald, 2009-MA-22, at:
Copyright © 2009 by Ontario
Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Initial posting: 2009-MAY-04
Latest update: 2000-MAY-25
Author: B.A. Robinson