I voted to allow it in our state back in '04. But, that's all I've done - I haven't marched or participated in any activist steps to push that agenda. Both gay and lesbain couples (several of each) celebrated at my wedding, so I'm not phobic about having homosexuals as friends.
But, I am interested as an observer where the country is shifting on the issue. I think there are some parallels with the Suffrage Movement - their success wasn't overnight...and I don't think this issue will be either.
It is an interesting parallel [or somewhat parallel].
Much of the movement seems to be mimicking the Suffrage Movement, but, the most glaring difference is that there was not an outright hatred of women when they had the audacity to demand equal rights, just a group that didn't think that they should worry their pretty heads over the important stuff like voting or things like that.
With gay rights, there are two separate issues. There are the contract, binding issues of equal rights where folks want the same abilities as a married couple to make the same decisions [for those who think they are the same, watch a life long partner not be allowed to participate in medical decisions of a dying partner, or even talk to the doctor in some cases] and have the same general abilities as that married couple to conduct all the personal business that we take for granted.
Then there are the folks who refuse to believe there there are folks who believe differently than they do and that their religious background or their upbringing makes them somehow superior and able to decide that others are just wrong. Period. The hate and conflict that is brought about by that element is what will make this issue so much more divisive than the Women Suffrage movement.
Again, it is ONE group of folks trying to introduce THEIR version of moral law into the nation's law and life as a whole. You notice you never see the folks on the left telling the folks on the right that they HAVE TO TRY THE GAY!!! There is never a push from the gay community to get the straight community to become gay or to get a fashion sense [oops]. The left side of this argument always just want everyone to be able to legally do their own thing. Just like we want everyone to be able to believe what we want to believe without one group trying to suggest it has somehow got the ONLY belief system. See the pattern.