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Video: ‘Bald-headed, fat redneck’ explains why he changed his mind on equal marriage

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  1. BINGO! He’s absolutely right! It’s people like him who will change hearts and minds in rural Georgia and across the South, not people from Atlanta and New York and Washington, D.C.

    1. I do so love epiphanies and how the person who has one suddenly sees the reality of life, and our commonality. He lost something that he took for granted; something we have yearned for and now understands the basic need that we all have to join to someone that we truly love, and build a life together. I sincerely hope his new found empathy will make him a compelling spokesperson for all of us.

    2. I think you’re right. The biggest problem that I can see is that some regions are almost insular and have no real experience, people there don’t have openly gay friends or relatives, it’s more closeted.
      I have seen numerous examples of people changing their opinions on gay marriage when they have a friend or relative who it really affects.
      People find it much harder to be homophobic when their views hurt people around them rather than complete strangers.
      This is how community works though, it’s what is best for social cohesion that ultimately should win out.
      How does someone who is openly against equality sit in the same room with a friend or relative who is gay? How can they look them in the eye after that? This kind of issue is a deal breaker in my opinion. I cannot imagine remaining close with anyone who expresses such an opinion. That is ultimately what will change minds and opinions, as more and more are encouraged to think differently by the people around them.

  2. Paul Brownsey 23 Sep 2013, 8:13pm

    Shouldn’t this story have said that the guy is from Dublin in the state of Georgia, not Dublin, Ireland? Very few readers will have heard of the former and most will think the reference is to Dublin, ireland.

    1. LOL, I’m from US and had to do a doubletake to make sure the article was about US LGBT rights.

  3. Colin (London) 24 Sep 2013, 7:55am

    Wonderful just wonderful. People can change, communities can change, nations can change, The planet can change.

    Religion….probably not

  4. There is still hope that other like him may also change their views.

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