The blogger over at Steamboats Are Ruining Everything has an interesting post up where he compares the order in which individual states abolished slavery and those states that have allowed gay civil marriages. Is it just a coincidence?
Advent of gay marriage or civil unions
1999 Vermont 2004 Massachusetts 2005 Connecticut 2006 New Jersey 2007 New Hampshire
Abolition of slavery
1777 Vermont 1780 Pennsylvania 1783 Massachusetts 1783 New Hampshire 1784 Rhode Island 1784 Connecticut 1799 New York 1802 Ohio 1804 New Jersey 1816 Indiana 1818 Illinois
Two hundred years from now people will look back on our homophobic attitudes in much the same way that we now think about the spectrum of beliefs that once shaped the racial assumptions of most Americans.