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May 20, 2013

Boy Scouts' policy alienates those who need them most

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However, the fact of the matter is that all homophobes are fighting a losing battle. Fortunately, these pitiable protesters will fade into historical photographs, as our society shifts towards acceptance. Data collected by the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C., (http://www.pewresearch.org/2010/10/06/gay-marriage-gains-more-acceptance/) shows that 42 percent of Americans today favor allowing same-sex couples to marry, compared to only 27 percent in 1996. This number will continue to grow. A more detailed breakdown shows that younger Americans are more accepting than their parents and grandparents; 38 percent of baby boomers (born 1946-64) support same-sex marriage, a considerably lower number than the 53 percent support rate among Millennials (born after 1980).

As younger generations grow into leadership roles in our country, they will bring with them a growing acceptance. And as with previous civil rights victories, 50 years from now future generations will look back upon the gay rights movement and fail to comprehend on what grounds the opposition stood.

Alexa Looker

Newburyport

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