New York squeezes the bigots until they squeal

By Amanda Marcotte
Thursday, June 30, 2011 13:29 EDT
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As I'm sure you all realize, the fact that New York tipped over into the "legal same sex marriage" column is a big deal.  There are 44 more states to go, and the usual suspects in the South will be the biggest struggle, but the size and influence of New York will help usher this process along.  Once straight people start to realize nothing is really going to be that different from them, they'll stop caring.  Many people are quietly adjusting towards a less bigoted point of view about gay people.  

Watching wingnut reactions in light of this information has been interesting.  The reactions indicate that they get that the tide has really turned against them, because there's not a whole lot of calm, confident rebukes to New York's actions.  When the writing's on the wall, there's basically two reactions: give up and shut up, or turn into a rabid, screaming maniac.  As Roy notes, many right wing bloggers have decided that there's no time like the present to stop adding to the pile of bigoted comments that will be recorded in the history books as the utterings of villains.  

But the folks at the National Review by and large have gone with the "foaming at the mouth" response, as chronicled at Think Progress. Gay rights proponents were compared to Kim Jong Il and Bull Connor, and of course, there were endless insinuations that people will be fucking in the streets.  The overwrought imaginations  of the wingnuttery never stop amazing me.  There were a couple of actual supporters of gay marriage at the National Review and a couple of people who realized there's no time like the present to shut the fuck up, but overall the theme was that having to live in a world where gay couples can be full citizens was the exact same thing as having dogs sicced on you because you sat at a lunch counter.  

What's interesting about all this is that the more gains that gay activists achieve, the more obvious it is that the people who oppose them are screaming bigots and nothing more.  As someone who has been an interested witness to all this, I have to say it's absolutely fascinating.  When I was young, being a homophobic bigot was basically hiding in plain sight, because bigots were able to conduct themselves with grace and dignity.  But now the pressure is on and their true natures are coming out.  You learn so much about people when they're squeezed a little. 

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
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