The Anti-Gay Bubble in American Politics
How Liberal America Avoided Gay Rights for Decades Due to a Deceptive Political Coalition
The anti-gay bubble made America appear less tolerant of gays in the political arena than it truly was for more than a generation. Since the 1960s America has been moving to the left on social issues but the growth of gay rights has lagged behind other liberal issues for most of this period. Although gays started gaining rights back in the 60s along with other liberal movements the anti-gay bubble would soon come into existence through a political coalition and put a temporary end to their advancement. The bubble was at its largest during the 1990s and early 2000s. The bubble was blown up with the help of Religious Right Leaders like Jerry Falwell and Bob Jones III starting in the late 70s. The bubble was deflated with the help of Religious Right Leaders like Mike Huckabee and Tony Perkins recently. One reason they helped deflate the bubble was that the arguments the Religious Right had used in the 90s against gay marriage were very weak but they were effective at the time because gay marriage was not being seriously debated. Their reasons for being against gay marriage included it would lead to polygamy, it would hurt the institution of marriage and it is not how marriage is defined in the dictionary. I will explain how all these poor arguments ended up helping the Marriage Equality Movement win and quickly move opinion polls in their favor when I discuss gay marriage.