The Gay Revolution

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Supreme Court lawyer Linda Hirshman tells the story of the gay rights movement, detailing how a dedicated and resourceful minority changed America. Her book Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution recounts the long roads that led to recent victories—from the start of modern struggle for gay rights at Stonewall in 1969 to states legalizing gay marriage, the armed services stopped enforcing Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and the recent ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act.


Linda Hirshman

Comments [8]

Ed from Larchmont

I would suggest Bill Donahue's new book 'Why Catholicism matters' for a good explanation. The good news is that God isn't into vengeance, but mercy and forgiveness.

Same-sex attracted people have a point when they say 'everyone else is behaving badly sexually, why can't I?'. But it doesn't make bad behavior a good idea for anyone.

Jun. 06 2012 06:01 AM
Jenna from UWS

Can you she talk about the impact of legislation here has abroad and vice versa.

Jun. 05 2012 01:24 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I thought the Boston court's ruling was against only certain parts of DOMA. Does it affect the law as a whole?

Jun. 05 2012 01:20 PM
John A.

Again, Ed, I give you time and effort, and again, you make little sense. If someone wants to cite scripture, pls do so, but carefully.

Jun. 05 2012 01:01 PM
Ayn Marx 666 from New Hyde Park, N.Y.

It's 5 sins, not 4, it's according to the Catholic Tradition, not the Bible, and the sin of Sodom was callousness (e.g., allowing people to starve because they were poor, or [the rabbis say, though not the priests because it would be embarrassing] failure to reproduce).

Jun. 05 2012 11:43 AM

I commented already on another today's segment that the word "revolution" is misplaced.

There is no question that there is a change how gays are being treated in this country, but the word "evolution" better describes "how a dedicated and resourceful minority changed America" because it happened rather slowly.

Is it because the term "revolution" is sexy? From x-sexual point of view?

Jun. 05 2012 11:24 AM
John P MacKenzie from Long Island City

As a straight man who favors gay marriage, i am distressed by the litigation, which cuts against my main interests. The litigation in MA in 2004 and today's from CA arouses the right wing, which then votes for the wrong candidates. Did you, and do you, favor the CA lawsuit and its timing?

Jun. 05 2012 10:28 AM
Ed from Larchmont

In the Bible there are four crimes that cry out to heaven for justice:

- Not paying workers a just wage.

- Preying on widows and orphans.

- The killing of the innocent.

- Homosexuality.

So Christians have to support and defend homosexual persons, but we can't support their drive for marriage nor encourage their lifestyle.

Jun. 05 2012 06:14 AM

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