Game Over

The Pew Research Center is out with a big survey on the public's views on same-sex marriage with lots of interesting things, most of which are continuations of the trend we've seen for a while. But the most interesting findings come from their question about whether people think that marriage equality is inevitable. As you might expect, most of those who support it are optimistic about their preferred outcome, with 85 percent saying it's inevitable. But much more striking, a full 59 percent of those who oppose same-sex marriage say it's inevitable. No wishful thinking here.

And when you look at various demographic groups, who thinks it's inevitable? Pretty much everybody:

There you have it. Seventy-three percent of Republicans, 69 percent of senior citizens, 70 percent of white evangelicals, and on and on. That might not be much comfort to you if you're a gay person in the Deep South wondering how many decades it'll take before your state legalizes marriage equality, but this debate really is all but over, and even the people who lost know it. 

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Definitely. I remember conversations with fundamentalist conservatives back in the Bush days, and they believed gay rights and marriage equity was a forgone conclusion. They were putting up "the good fight" but knew they already lost in the long run. I'm actually surprised only 59% opposed said it was inevitable.

"Game Over" ??? Hardly.

The "game" of politicans and pundits wailing about the cataclysmic effects of gay marriage solely to drum up donations and/or publicity will go on so long as there are enough stupid, ignorant, misguided moralists in America to sustain it.

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