Grandma, Grandpa, Please Back Gay Marriage

LAT scribe urges elderly to dis a gay marriage ban in Calif.
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2008 9:03 PM CDT
Grandma, Grandpa, Please Back Gay Marriage
Raul Castro from West Hollywood, Calif displays his Marriage Certificate during a street celebration.   (AP Photo/Hector Mata)

If old folks in California would come out to support gay marriage in November, a proposed amendment banning it would keel over and die, Joel Stein writes in the Los Angeles Times. The majority of Californians under 50 support it, but only 36% of senior citizens. Which leads Stein to urge oldsters to "take a leap of faith and trust the younger generations on this one." Sometimes social change requires "uncomfortable lurches toward improvement."

“In fact,” Stein writes, “you and the gays have more in common than any other demographic groups. You both like watching old movies, cleaning your house, playing with other people's kids and cutting your hair too short. You could start a successful chain of gay-old boring day-care centers.” (More California stories.)

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