Posted by on 28 October 2014 at 2:00 pm  Culture, Law, Marriage
Oct 282014

This XKCD graph on the legal recognition and social acceptance of interacial marriage versus gay marriage is fascinating.

As the alt text says, “People often say that same-sex marriage now is like interracial marriage in the 60s. But in terms of public opinion, same-sex marriage now is like interracial marriage in the 90s, when it had already been legal nationwide for 30 years.”

And… HOLY *%@*!&*, a majority of people disapproved of interracial marriage until the mid 1990s? Sometimes, it’s easy to forget just how far we’ve come as a culture in my own lifetime.

  • John

    While there’s been progress in popular attitudes, there’s been regression too. Back in 1967, lawmakers were apparently willing to set aside their personal prejudice because they were persuaded by an argument that denying marriage to willing partners was unjust. Today, the law almost perfectly tracks the personal prejudice of the majority. If that’s right, then principled lawmaking and prejudice have declined simultaneously– so the glass was half full then, and it’s half full now.

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