I was fortunate to haveÂ been a young adult during the civil rights and women’s equality periods.Â It was exciting to read aboutÂ them and experience first hand some aspects of those changes.
Though I’m not gay,Â the gay rightsÂ experience has been even more exciting to me personally.Â The issue has so manyÂ intersections with religion and politics, and to a lesserÂ extent, money.
I recall Alabama Governor George Wallace shouting to adoring crowds, “Integration, never, not ever.”Â In retrospect, it seems like a very short time between when he drew a line in the sandÂ there wouldÂ be no integration in Alabama to George Wallace courting the black vote and embracing the new reality.
With the vote in New York to allow gay marriage, it seems inevitableÂ we will see something similar.Â Â Much is at stake.
I wish I were a fly on the wall inside the New York City Diocese.Â Â In New York thereÂ are both manyÂ CatholicsÂ and many gays.Â If, say ten percent of active Catholics are gays, andÂ preists refuse toÂ perform a gay weddings, one would have to think it would have at leastÂ some fiscal impact.Â Â Theology will make the inevitable adjustments.
In politics, conservatives are vowing to take out revenge on politicans who voted in favor of gay marraige.Â Â Revenge doesn’t always work out.Â
The Family Alliance boycotted Disney to punish it for marketing to gays.Â They recently admitted the effort was unsuccessful.