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What Steve Buckley's coming-out says about the future of gay marriage

Posted by Jesse Singal  January 7, 2011 12:01 PM

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steve.jpgLike Rob, I was struck by the overall positive response yesterday to Steve Buckley's column revealing that he is gay.

And it wasn't just the online comments that were supportive — Buckley was on WEEI last night, and during the short period I tuned in caller after caller lauded him for his courage. There's certainly some selection effect at work here — WEEI's screener wasn't going to let raging homophones on the air. But still — at the risk of stereotyping, if there's any population you'd expect to react uncomfortably to this news, it's sports radio callers. And yet they seemed very supportive.

This certainly supports the view, held by some folks across the political spectrum, that gay marriage is an inevitability. If you don't know anyone who is gay, it's very easy to point to a stereotype or a bogeyman and say, "You shouldn't be able to get married." It's much harder to point to Steve Buckley — or anyone else you respected before you were aware he or she were gay, whether a coworker or a family member — and say the same thing.

(Photo of Buckley courtesy Beebe Memorial Library)

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