When I was young, [I heard] my mother and a neighbor talking about -I must have been 6 or 7 years old, I remember it vividly- "Did you hear about so-and-so? She is marrying a Protestant" We were Catholic. The lady almost fell over. "You've got to be kidding me! How could she do that?"
I remember, a few years later, my father and a few others talking about a neighbor who had an interracial marriage. Oh my Lord, we thought the whole neighborhood was going to burn to the ground.
I [recently] went to Johnathan Moore High School in my town and I asked the question with a group of high school kids, "Is anybody here opposed to gay marriage?" None of them raised their hand.
I think it's generational. I think that for youths, they don't think it's a big deal.
The most amazing thing is that in my family we have interracial marriage now, we have Cathotics marrying Protestants and yeah, believe it or not, we have a couple of gay cousins. So it hits us all and we should really be aware that that's the reality of the world."
We've had this issue now three or four times before the Judicary Committee. I think that if there was a chance of civil union, at least for the Democratic Caucus, it would have been palatable and probably would have gotten momumentum, passed and gone onto the floor of the House.