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Culture shift re: homosexuality, bisexuality, etc.

Events during 2009-MAY illustrating
cultural shifts about sexual minorities

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The acronym SSM refers to same-sex marriage;
GLBT refers to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual persons.


bullet 2009-MAY: National poll on civil unions and SSM: A Quinnipiac University nationwide poll of adults found that:
bullet 55% oppose SSM; 38% support SSM; 7% undecided or refuse to answer.
bullet 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.

bullet 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'." 1

bullet 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.
bullet 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 Prayer.
bullet 2009-MAY-10: USA: Debate at For some months now, 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
bullet 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.
bullet 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.

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today. 

  1. "Dems see opportunity in gay marriage," Associated Press, 2009-MAR-04, at:
  2. 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

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