Same-sex marriage, other cultural divides

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In 1967 the now classic film “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” broached the subject of interracial marriage at a time when those unions were still outlawed in 17 states. We saw the well-meaning parents (Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn) struggle with their feelings as they met their daughter’s black fiancée (Sydney Poitier). His parents were equally aghast.
We’re still crossing that divide, and in the last 20 years, we’ve had another. That’s when the son comes home with his significant other, who turns out to be a guy. Or a friend the daughter keeps talking about is a girlfriend in the romantic sense.
Movies and TV regularly show us – and prepare the way – for acceptance. The aptly named “Modern Family,” the most popular sitcom on TV, features a gay couple.
Now the courts in New Mexico have taken a big step.

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