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05/30/2007

Poll: We, like John Mayer, are still waiting on the world to (slowly) change

by Jeremy Hooper

Pie-2A newly released Gallup poll shows that around 59% of Americans "think homosexual relations between consenting adults should be legal" (up from 49% in 2005 and 56% in 2006). Additionally, 57% indicated that they think "homosexuality should be considered an acceptable lifestyle," and 46% supporting legal same-sex marriages (continuing the upward trend that has seen support increase by 9 percentage points since August of 2005, and by a whopping 19 points since March of '96). A sample:

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No word on what percentage, exactly, thinks that once we inevitably reach the point where LGBT acceptance comes in vogue across the board, the gay community will deserve an apology for the shitty way that the majority has treated them for years, nay, centuries. But we'll tell ya what, majority: If just about thirty percent of you will go ahead and come over to our side of the fence now, we'll be willing to forgive any past transgressions.

Called us a "f*g" in high school? Water under the bridge.

Helped postpone our wedding for ten years? Eh, we needed the extra planning time anyway.

Killed one of our college friends after you picked him up in a gay bar, in what was an admitted bias-motivated crime? Oh. Yea. That. ::sigh:: Well, that one's not gonna be forgiven or forgotten, you dirty, wretched, soul-less sh*t rat!

But as those less homocidal anti-homo sentiments -- we're serious. We'll forgive and forget if a majority of the populace simply grows up and stops treating us like lepers! Just cut the unprincipled, un-American, despicable bias from your (and, by extension, our) lives, and we'll all move on together and fight some true societal ills! Who knows, it could be fun to live in a less polarized world, in which a "culture war" is seen to be as silly of a concept as it already sounds!

Tolerance for Gay Rights at High-Water Mark [Gallup]

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