metta8 saidCatholic Charities In Rockford Ending Foster Care, Adoptions Over Gay Rights
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Uh, unless you want to become suicidally depressed and lose complete hope in your fellow man, I'd suggest NOT reading comments posted after online articles.
I follow politics, and the news coverage of, pretty closely. With civil unions beginning here on Wednesday, I was waiting for the flaming to begin in statewide media outlets as they are covering the implementation of the policy. From what I have seen, it has been pretty much either a non-issue or support of the law. I am so proud that my local right-wing suburban paper has only one comment so far on a 24 hr-old news story, albeit from an extremist, on the comments page. Of course, that may change. But still, I went to the comments section hoping for the worst. I live in a relatively socially progressive part of the state and have felt/seen little to no active discrimination; not saying things are perfect here, of course. But, between here and Chicago, there is a lot of red heartland, and from what friends from around the state have said, it doesn't seem to be a huge politically-charged issue. This may change as implementation is more widely known about, I am afraid.
The Rockford newspaper reporting/comments on this subject seem to be solidly in support of the new law and critical of the new adoption policy. Of course, comment pages are not scientific in any way, but an amazing amount of anecdotal evidence ranging from community opinion to what comments are censored, can be gleaned. http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/05/focus-family-weve-lost-gay-marriage