Just goes to show how diverse the country is, and how we're really in transition.
I was on a bus last year with my bf, headed from LA to Santa Monica. When I kissed him, he was still a little nervous about doing that in public. But when all the people in the back of the bus saw us, it became this spontaneous kissing and cuddling festival, with two other gay couples, and one straight couple -- all smiling the biggest smiles. It was wonderful, and I'll always remember it.
Love really does conquer all. It just takes time. But in the meantime, California, as usual, is 5-10 years ahead of the rest of the country. That's one of of the main reasons I left the Midwest.
In ten years, I want to go back to Chicago so I can kiss my future bf on a bus and see if it gets the same reaction it did in Santa Monica.