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January 02, 2006


Norris Battin

So if Hollywood says, "Drink the Cool-Aide, friends", we will all eventually put the cup to our lips, swallow and die? Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Barry Fernelius

Norris, QC, others:

With all due respect, the American entertainment industry (aka "Hollywood") does not create public opinion; it merely reflects it. The real revolution in the treatment of gays and lesbians has come from the business world in the U.S.

I find it delightfully ironic that conservative business people (many of them Republicans) took the actions that have had a large effect on people's opinions about homosexuals. In the tech boom of the late 1980s/early 1990s, there were many creative homosexual folks who decided to come out of the closet. They were valued employees, and businesses had to create policies to keep them.

For the past 15-20 years, businesses have put non-discrimination policies in effect. This was followed by benefit programs for gay and lesibians that gave them near parity with straight couples.

Folks, the genie ain't going back into the bottle (or closet, in this case).

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