I'd imagine all the living generations and even those leading up to Stonewall had a hand in this. Even after Gen X, the Twitter Generation, which is curious because we started off with bumper stickers and then after all this incredible technological development, here we are again, twitting bumper sticker mentality. Oh well, not all experiments are a success.
But what gets me is a statement like this from the article:
"While some 40 years passed before a majority of Gallup survey respondents were OK with mixed-race marriages, the swing from a majority being opposed to same-sex marriage to the majority finding it acceptable was a mere decade."
Even though we were mostly just trying for some legality and legitimacy to be, you know, alive in public (seemed a logical first step) I hardly think that can be divorced from marriage issues later. Never mind that we had our first attempts of marriage back in the 70s. Googling...http://gaymarriage.procon.org/view.timeline.php?timelineID=000030
"On May 18, 1970, two University of Minnesota students, Richard John 'Jack' Baker and James Michael McConnell applied to Hennepin County District Court clerk Gerald Nelson for a marriage license. He denied the application, because the applicants both were men.
Baker and McConnell sued Nelson, claiming Minnesota law on marriage made no mention of gender. The trial court was not impressed with the argument, agreeing with Nelson. The state Supreme Court agreed with the lower court. When Baker-McConnell went to the U.S. Supreme Court, the couple was rebuffed again...
Baker v. Nelson has been used in other states as precedent to block efforts at marriage equality."
So I count 45 years, not 10, on that alone.
To take Gallup alone, their info shows 19 years of their surveying. Though we certainly know what the consensus was in the 70s by court rulings alone, never mind memory alone.
And here's 19 years of Gallup on the issue, not merely 10 as the article says...http://www.gallup.com/poll/117328/marriage.aspx
So when someone says that the shift took place only within the last decade, that the fuck is ageism. Because not only the last 10 years count.
Yeah, it took 10 years if you only count from 10 years ago. Or 20 years if you count from 20 years ago. Or 45 years if you go back to our original application for marriage. And that, only if we go back that far in this fight out of the closet and into society.
It only took a decade? Yeah right. Time sure does fly when you've just spent 45 years fighting homophobia. Seems like 10.