Despite Prop. 8, Gay Rights Will Prevail: Sullivan

All civil-rights struggles have setbacks, gay Atlantic scribe reminds
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2008 3:33 PM CST
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(Newser) – Though news of California banning gay marriage is “heart-breaking,” Andrew Sullivan takes solace in the progress that has been achieved for gay rights, he writes for the Atlantic. Marriages, like Sullivan’s own, performed in Massachusetts or Connecticut are still valid. The California initiative can be rolled back, and with younger Americans heavily favoring gay rights, it’s only a matter of time.

“This is a civil-rights movement,” reminds Sullivan. “It goes forward and it is forced back. Twenty years ago, equality of gay couples was a mere idea. Forty years ago, it was a pipe-dream. … If we had won this, this civil-rights battle would be all but over. Now, it isn't. So we get back to work, arguing, talking, struggling to change more minds.”