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    lgmcp, Cassandra Waites, sewaneepat

    I always believed a tipping point would come when all the haters would realize that they already knew LGBT people or were related to LGBT people -- and liked them! It's the guy who cuts your hair, it's the girl in your office that is always smiling, it's the cousin who is the only one who always remembers everyone's birthdays and anniversaries.

    And that would start to turn hearts and minds.

    And religion isn't the road block many think it is. I'm here in Tennessee, and I'm in a fairly large church where there are at least 3 gay couples that attend regularly and a handful more of gay singles that attend. They are out and guess what? Even our most conservative members could care less about their orientation. If you do as Jesus taught -- love God with body, mind and soul, and love your neighbor as you love yourself -- nothing else really matters.

    Obviously, it's not that simple everywhere. Our church is Episcopal, so it is inherently more accepting. But it's not the only church that is that open. And in the South, for better or worse, what happens in church is a fairly accurate reflection of the culture.

    And the times they are a changin'!

    •  Another Tipping-Point Dynamic (1+ / 0-)
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      We're at a point where people who continue to harbor the old prejudices are increasingly reluctant to express them in polite society. This weakens the anti-equality side both in the long run (by inhibiting the transmission of toxic memes) and in the short run (by making its public face less that of the respectable middle-class burgher who just doesn't want to rock the boat and more that of the obnoxious loudmouth who doesn't know when to stop flogging his hobby-horse when the grownups are trying to have a serious conversation).

      On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog... but everybody knows if you're a jackass.

      by stevemb on Thu May 23, 2013 at 04:48:54 PM PDT

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