Before the year 2000, no US state recognized same-sex marriage. By 2015, it was legal throughout the US and most of Western Europe. Before 2015 most Americans knew nothing about transgender issues. Within a year transgender issues are on the front pages of newspapers every day and schools may be forced to provide special bathrooms for trans students. The pace of change in the sexual revolution is not just rapid. It’s accelerating around the world. Why?
This is the third article in a MercatorNet symposium.
MARGARET SOMERVILLE: we are witnessing the latest battle in the progressive values revolution.
Here’s my short and simple answer: The emergence, rapid acceptance and normalization of same-sex marriage and now transgenderism (1) in our Western democracies are just the tip of an enormous iceberg of change in individual and societal values, euphemistically labelled “the progressive values revolution”.
We need to understand the components of this revolution, especially its history dating back to the 1960s, to understand current so-called “progressive” attitudes to same-sex marriage and transgenderism. These attitudes have not emerged as rapidly as it might seem and, while some of the conditions for their emergence simply evolved, others were carefully planned and executed over nearly half a century. Their emergence is not a metaphysical accident or just an aberration and there is no single factor that is the cause. Rather a wide variety of forces and complex interactions among them have resulted in the changes in values and attitudes that we now see.
So let’s look at some of these forces and factors. […]