Some friends and family members expected something out of the ordinary when Eddie Bogart and Robert Lee were married two years ago in New Castle, Pennsylvania. We had a lot of people expecting or you know being interested or wanted to know what our wedding would be like. But what they witnessed was a traditional and legally binding ceremony that publicly validated their loving relationship and Commitment. It puts us equal to everybody else I think you know and to me a marriage as a marriage whether it’s a gay marriage or a straight marriage. Four years ago the US Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in a ruling that helped advance lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in America. Today 60% of Americans support same-sex marriage compared to 60% who opposed it 15 years ago according to the Pew Research Center.
While opposition to same-sex marriage in the US may be in decline, it is still a powerful force in politics. Christian groups have used this issue to mobilize support even among some religious Democrats, for President Trump who has embraced conservative values. I think this is a problem for the Democratic Party that as they become increasingly radical and increasing tied to increasingly radical social policies. It’s going to be harder and harder for some of these some of their historical supporters to continue to support them. But the strong support or Democratic presidential contender Pete Budaj may undermine that argument. The South Bend Indiana mayor who is gay and married to another men is one of a rising number of LGBT politicians who advocates say have benefited from being open about their sexuality. Voters feel like if they’re being honest and open about who they are in something like you know their sexuality, that means they’re gonna be open and honest across the board with voters. Politics aside, same-sex relationships in the US have become increasingly part of the diverse fabric of America. With Bobbi and Eddie breaking down bias in their community by being just another married couple.
Brian Padden, VOA News, New Castle, Pennsylvania.
1. While opposition to same-sex marriage in the US may be in decline, it is still a powerful force in politics.
in decline 呈下降趋势
The oddity is that almost everywhere the European left is in decline.
2. Voters feel like if they’re being honest and open about who they are in something like you know their sexuality, that means they’re gonna be open and honest across the board with voters.
be open about 对……坦诚/公开
He was very open about his inspiration and his plans for his career.
虽然美国现在反对同性婚姻的人数在减少，但政坛中依然有一股相当大的力量在反对同性婚姻 。一些基督教团体曾通过这一问题来动员并获取支持，动员的对象甚至包括持基督教信仰的民主党议员，因为特朗普总统一直支持传统价值观 。我认为这是民主党的一个问题，他们变得越来越激进了，越来越执迷于极端社会政策 。他们以前的支持者很难继续支持他们了 。不过，民主党总统候选人皮特所获得的广泛支持似乎让这一说法不攻自破 。这位南印第安纳州市长也是一位同性恋人士，他跟一位同性结婚了 。皮特跟政坛的许多LGBT政治家一样，因为公开性取向而获益良多 。选民们认为，如果政治家对自己的性取向等问题够坦诚、够公开，那么这样的政治家就能在很多问题上与选民坦诚相待 。除了政治以外，美国同性婚姻的问题已经越来越成为美国多样性的组成部分 。艾迪和罗伯特就通过结婚的方式打破了社群对他们的偏见 。
感谢收听Brian Padden从宾夕法尼亚州纽卡斯尔发回的报道 。