Certainly, the winds have been shifting for a while. Polls have shown increasing acceptance for years. That fits with findings that younger people are far more likely to be comfortable with gay rights than older people. President Obama, who during the campaign for his first term said he did not favor same-sex marriage — the same election in which Proposition 8 passed — had changed his mind by his second campaign.
As I’ve blogged before, the change has been evident even in the comments that people leave in reaction to stories and columns on the topic. The nasty, vituperative snipes of 2008 have given way to a gentler, more rational and civil tone.
But another floodgate seemed to open when three states passed same-sex marriage proposals in November. At the same time, voters in Minnesota paved the way for their Legislature to pass such a law.