If you want to see how far we’ve come in just forty odd years, check out this 1967 Mike Wallace hosted documentary on homosexuality:
It’s amazing listening to these people spouting insane assumptions about gay people on no evidence other than their own silly prejudices. You want to go back to the time it’s being filmed and ask them WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU BASING THAT ON? In what way is it an “illness”? And… homosexuals are unhappy? Well, so would you be if you were discriminated against on a daily basis for no good reason at all!
In our present context, too, it’s worth considering that most of those still opposed to marriage equality grew up at a time when this was considered rational. When Jim Wallace was forming his pig-ignorant views about other people’s sexuality, this was being presented as “science”. Is it any wonder that some older people have such bizarre, warped perspectives on the subject of gays and lesbians?
But the claims in that video are now so obviously stupid that even Jim Wallace wouldn’t try to endorse them. Times have changed, and for the better.
Any time full equality seems so far out of reach, just remember how far we’ve come in such a short time. It can’t be much longer, can it?