I've had some friends that are actually homosexual. And, I mean, they know where I stand, and they know that I wouldn't have them anywhere near my children.I'd be interested to see a poll, in which the opinions of parents with children under 18 were compared to non-parents.
This poll showing a "generation gap" on gay issues doesn't break down the demographics that way. My gut hunch is that the support for gay marriage among the young -- supposedly a harbinger of dramatic social change -- mostly evaporates if you distinguish married from unmarried, and parents from the childless. That is to say, married parents will always be more conservative.
The tendentious supposition that the high rates of pro-gay-rights attitudes among 18-to-34-year-olds will remain constant as this cohort older doesn't take into account the likelihood that today's 19-year-old liberal college student will some day be a 29-year-old conservative suburban soccer mom. Remember that the liberal youth of the 1960s and '70s drifted rightward in the 1980s and '90s.
Much easier to be "tolerant" and "open-minded" when you're a 25-year-old bachelor than when you're a 35-year-old husband and father. And just wait until you become a 49-year-old curmudgeon like me!
Dadgum smart-alecky whippersnappers think they know everything . . .
UPDATE: Dan Riehl on Joe's remarks about gays and children:
I suspect the attitude is still more widespread than people think.Exactly. College-educated people working in professional environments -- especially people in academia, politics and communications -- must internalize a basic level of political correctness. There are things you can't say, attitudes you can't exhibit, if you are going to work at a major university (as Lawrence Summers learned at Harvard). And so you get used to never encountering certain attitudes.
Once you get outside that elite professional environment, however, you meet the Ordinary American -- the guy who sees what he sees, knows what he knows, believes what he believes, and is not afraid to speak his mind about this stuff.
The elite recoil in horror whenever some Ordinary American type (e.g., Sarah Palin or Glenn Beck) gets anywhere near the levers of power. What the elite are trying to do to Joe Wurzelbacher, they have done to many others: Joe McCarthy, Barry Goldwater, Pat Buchanan, to name just a few.
What they're trying to do is to imply that Wurzelbacher's beliefs are dangerous, that he is ignorant and guilty of a "hatred" that endangers his fellow citizens. Nonsense. There are tens of millions of decent, law-abiding Americans who believe exactly like Joe the Plumber believes, and none of them has ever harmed anyone.