It’s always amusing to read Christian Right explanations of why it was defeated in its fight against gay marriage. Today one appeared explaining why gay marriage, over the objections of the Christian Right, has become accepted by the majority.
The actual reason it has become accepted by the majority is that the majority find no reason to oppose it. If there remained a reason to oppose it the majority would be a minority. It’s that simple.
But no, the Christian Right makes up other reasons it is today accepted by the majority. It’s because, the authors claim, Hollywood portrayed favorably gay characters. Then, because of what Hollywood did liberal politicians came along. This caused the public to change its mind.
But, all this time evangelicals were screaming, “It is an abomination.” The Right should explain why its screaming of abomination did not overpower public opinion and steer it away from Hollywood.
If the Right wants really to determine how it lost, it needs to figure out what happened before Step One. That is, it needs to know why Hollywood began to portray gays favorably. Hollywood, i.e., movies and TV, was sitting there needing to pay bills. Did it say, “Gosh, let’s portray gays favorably, have audiences leave us, then sponsors leave us and go broke”?
Instead, Hollywood knew before hand attitudes were changing and the public was ready for likable gay characters. If the Right doesn’t figure out why cultural attitudes changed it will never figure out why it lost.