Lord how you love to get righteously indignant when it suits you edgar.
It's certainly not sick to suggest that someone is the equivalent of dog **** stuck on our shoe...now is it?
Pull your pants up over your navel and cover that bulging manifestation of sanctimony.
I've not accused anyone of anything. I'm asking what you should recognize is a sensible question.
Seventy years ago there were very few people arguing for gay rights.
This either means that very few people felt gays should have rights or very few people who felt they should have rights were willing to voice such an opinion.
In any case, tell the people of 1951 that NY, in 2011, would recognize gay marriages as legal and they would be flabbergasted, irrespective of what they though of the merits of the issue.
Unless you believe mankind has made an extraordinary evolutionary leap in the last 70 years it's quite possible that we might be flabbergasted upon learning of some event 70 years hence.
You might even have been alive 70 years ago, but if so were probably just a kid who had little to no understanding or opinion on homosexuality. The adults in your life did though, and my bet is that they didn't see a whole lot of daylight between two men marrying and an adult marrying a child.
Somewhere between then and now, people have come to believe there is a very clear distinction between the two, and, more importantly, that a one time taboo should be considered acceptible.
This is the essence of progressivism afterall: change is progress and progress is inherently good.
My bet, and I could be wrong, is that you mock the slippery slope argument against gay marriage, but what reason do any of its opponents have for believing it's not a step down the slippery slope?
Because you tell them?
Come on edgar, it's not so tough a question.
Is there another group the protection of whose rights is playing around the edges of your sensibility, but which you don't have the guts to come out for at this time in history? Surely there were folks, perhaps like you, in the 40's and 50's who wanted to come out for gay rights but were afraid.
Or can you say:
No, this is it. I'm certainly not willing to acknowledge that the civil rights of racial, and ethnic minorites, of the disabled, of women, and of gays, lesbians and transgenders have been been brought level with those of straight, white, able-bodied men, but there are no more groups of the oppressed for whom we need to fight.