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    From Opposition to Acceptance of Reality


    As Jim Nabors' character Gomer Pyle used to say, "Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!"

    The  saying goes that reality bites. That seems to be the case with one of  the leading voices who supported California's Proposition 8, which  vacated the California Supreme Court's ruling that made same-gender  marriage legal in the state for a short time.

    The  US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court's finding that  Proposition 8 was unconstitutional. However, re-implementing same-gender  marriage in California is on hold pending an eventual ruling from the  Supreme Court.

    One  of the two witnesses who testified in favor of California's same-sex  marriage ban during a landmark trial on the measure's constitutionality  has come out in favor of gay and lesbian unions.

    In an opinion  piece published Friday in The New York Times, Institute for American  Values President David Blankenhorn says it's time "to accept gay  marriage and emphasize the good that it can do."

    Blankenhorn  wrote that he still believes children have a moral right to know both  biological parents, but he thinks it is just as important for same-sex  couples to be treated equally under the law.


    It  is not that Blankenhorn has changed his position. What has happened is  that Blankenhorn has stared into the crystal ball and seen the  inevitability of reality. In time, same-gender couples will be afforded  equality under the law in the US of A. That reality will happen no  matter the opposition.

    From  the Cornfield, one can accept reality and continue to hold on to one's  belief and opinion. Acceptance is not the same as caving in or in  rolling over. Acceptance of reality is holding firm while realizing that  the inevitable must be.

    This  gay male believes that each of us has the right to our opinion, our  belief and that we should not force others to change that belief or  opinion. But we must learn to accept and tolerate those with whom we do  not agree, while still holding true to our principles.

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