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Same Sex Marriage (Part One – The Social Landscape)

Over the past four months we have watched a cultural landslide as one public leader after another (political and yes even pastoral) has voiced his or her support for same sex marriage.  This sweeping nature of this change has been nothing short of amazing.   I’m partly surprised at the dramatic turn.  On the other hand have we not seen this coming for years, even decades?


Looking back, this is has been in the works for along time.  Here’s the recipe: begin with a little sexual revolution (’60s-70s), stir in a cup full of no fault divorce (’80s), and sprinkle with media half-truths and jokes about being gay, and season with pride marches and corporate posturing.  Let simmer for 10 years.  Next, pour contents onto a hot skillet called American Civil rights and you have a recipe for social revolution.

Socially, we have reached the “tipping point” (to borrow Malcolm Gladwell’s term) where a magical number of a vocal minority have made everyone else feel as though they are now the new minority.   Suddenly, marriage defined as the union between a man and a woman has gone from cool to kill just in one lifetime.  Like bell-bottoms, neon sweaters or the Swatch Watch, what was once esteemed by your peers has now become ridiculed.

I’ve got a lot on my mind.  Enough to get me back into blogging.

But I bet you do too.  I want to end by giving you a couple of questions and soliciting your comments.   I’d love to hear from you on the following questions:

  • How do you feel about the social change that has transpired in our lifetime?
  • Do you think that that approval of same sex marriage is now inevitable in view of recent developments?  How does that lead you to respond?

Please feel free to leave a comment.  Keep it brief and keep it civil.  I’ll post more in a few days.



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