At this point, equality for gays and lesbians in regard to marriage seems inevitable. There will still be holdouts, like there are against interracial marriage, but they’ll be viewed as the backwards bigots they are in another few years. Anyone with eyes can see this is happening, and today on The View, co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, and Rosier Perez helped to drive that home.
The four co-hosts, including Nicoelle Wallace, were positive and supportive while discussing the Supreme Court’s announcement on same-sex marriage this morning, with Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnel reveling in the good news. Whoopi pointed out what I mentioned above — that “you cannot stem this tide” and that “it’s coming whether you’re comfortable with it or not.”
Meanwhile, co-host Nicolle Wallace, Republican strategist and former Bush 43 spokesperson, attempted to whitewash the GOP’s increased attacks on the LGBT community, claiming that the Republicans support same-sex marriage.
For those of you who predicted that the Republicans would do this, step up to get your cookie. It was only a matter of time; after all, they practice that same historical revisionism today when they say that they always supported civil rights.
Meanwhile, Rosie Perez took a well-earned shot at the GOP, with Wallace in her sights:
What was amazing was how quiet the Republicans were. They came out very hard against this and yesterday, you just only heard one little peep.
Wallace pushed back, claiming that the Republicans were “evolving on this issue.” I fail to see how, since they openly reject evolution, but I guess that’s a matter for a different discussion. She added:
When President Obama of course was first elected, he wasn’t where he is now. He wasn’t an advocate for marriage equality.
As the New Civil Rights Movement points out, this typical GOP talking point isn’t true. President Obama publicly came out against Prop 8 and DOMA before he was elected in 2008. But she had just claimed that the Republicans supported marriage equality, so I think there are bigger problems in regards to the truth.
Wallace added that “In 10 years, you will not even be able to find two people to debate it,” and in three years “the younger generation will save us from the hardened debates we’ve seen in our lives.”
I’m less optimistic. Given 10 years, marriage equality will likely be common in every state. But it doesn’t matter how many years you give it, the bigotry will still be there; there are still people today in the Christ-haunted South (to borrow a phrase from Flannery O’Connor) that oppose desegregation, and it’s been how many decades since that’s happened? The point’s not that bigots exist, since there’s nothing you can do about that. The point’s making sure the bigots don’t get into any position of authority, where they can shove their bigotry in anyone’s face.
You can watch the discussion below: