For reason totally inexplicable to the rest of us, there is a group of American that hate, positively despise people who are gay or lesbians. Many have made it their mission in life to actively torment and persecute gay and lesbian couples. Some want to jail people for homosexual activity, and they have at least a couple of Supreme Court Justices who think this is okay, Justices who voted to uphold a
law making homosexual conduct a crime.
But the haters are losing. We know this because corporate
America is now moving to the side of equality. The latest is the Oreo cookie, whose symbolic re-depiction of an Oreo (no you cannot buy one that looks like this) shows a support for Gay Pride. Oreo is just one of a number of high profile companies
joining the list of those consumer product seller who want their customers to
know that unlike some people, they are not bigots.
The LGBT community may be small, but it and its backers are vocal, often rallying support for companies deemed to be on their side and organizing boycotts against others (cough, cough, Target ).
Companies are even competing to have the most creative gay-friendly internal policies, according toa February report from the Economist. American Express has a “pride network” with more than 1,000 members; Cisco offers LGBT workers a bonus to make up for an irregularity in the
tax code. U.S.
Overt (but not covert) racism has been largely removed from
and condemned by almost everyone. But
there are still small pockets of racists left.
That is the future of attitudes towards gay and lesbian couples. There
will never be 100% acceptance, but the haters will at some time in the near future be just a small group of
disreputable people, and will be largely ignored. And everyone will wonder what the big fuss
was all about.