This is interesting. I’m not entirely sure what to conclude from it, but it is interesting.
via xkcd: Marriage.
Mouse-over text: “People often say that same-sex marriage now is like interracial marriage in the 60s. But in terms of public opinion, same-sex marriage now is like interracial marriage in the 90s, when it had already been legal nationwide for 30 years.”
Thanks. I probably should have included that in the post.
Interesting. Popular approval of interracial marriage lagged the legal situation, but popular approval of same-sex marriage preceded the legal situation.
From this I conclude that neither is cause nor effect. But what then?
I wondered the same thing. It does seem like popular approval of same-sex marriage is causing legal approval, but that legal approval of interracial marriage didn’t lead to popular approval. (Or if it did, it took a generation.)
My takeaway, is that popular approval is the magic sauce. (Admittedly, not exactly counter-intuitive.)
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