Signs of Culture Shift On Gay Issues

AP – Some signs of changing attitudes since the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy was instituted 17 years ago: -President Barack Obama’s signing last year of hate crimes legislation marked the first time that gays and lesbians were given comprehensive legal status as a protected class. Many states have passed laws against hate crimes based on sexual orientation or gender identity. -Massachusetts, Iowa, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont and the District of Columbia have adopted laws permitting marriage of gay couples. Nine other states – New Jersey, California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Colorado, Maine, Hawaii and Wisconsin – have granted similar rights to gay domestic partners in varying degrees. Read Article