6. Change is inevitable.Really Maggie? You are going to play the 'old folks like it, so the young folks will think it's stupid' card? Really??!! That doesn't strike you as a pretty weak argument? (check out her other arguments against inevitability)
Generational arguments tend to work only for one generation: Right now, it's "cool" to be pro-gay marriage. In ten years, it will be what the old folks think. Even gay people may decide, as they get used to living in a tolerant and free America, they don't want to waste all that time and energy on a symbolic social issue, anyway. (I know gay people who think that right now). I am not saying it will happen, only that it could. The future is not going to look like the present (see point one above). Inevitability is a manufactured narrative, not a fundamental truth.
Look at the marriage equality movement right now. Some of the folks leading the charge are 'old folks' (at least by Gallagher's definition), and yet there are many, many 'young folks' who are still involved, despite all of the canes, walkers and colostomy bags at pro-marriage rallies (duh). Is Gallagher arguing that people who are young act agist?
It is at this juncture that I would like to mention that Yours Truly is 33-years-old and pro-marriage equality. In ten years, I'll be ... carry the one ... 43-years-old. How does that qualify me to be 'the old folks'? Seriously. 43. I will still be able to get down. You watch.
But I digress...
It occurs to me that people who are gay are pretty likely 'used to living in a tolerant and free America'. Gallagher's condescension is thick right there. You'll have to forgive a hetero-dude for saying so, but I think that gay people don't want 'tolerance', they want acceptance and equality under the law. The same as us heteros. Natch.
The civil rights movement of the late 1950s and early 60s was also thought to be a fad. Opponents thought it to be a bunch of myseginatin' rabble-rousers that would eventually calm down after they got the fight out of their systems. How did that one work out?
Yeah. I think that marriage equality -- in some form -- is inevitable. Mark it down.