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Family faces

The faces on the family trees of the future will, without a doubt, be different.

Some couples will both have beards.

In spite of the resistance of a number of religious groups, there seems to be no question now that same-sex marriage will eventually be commonplace and legal all over America.

On Tuesday, Pennsylvania became the 19th state to permit gay and lesbian couples to marry. The day before, it was Oregon.

State after state that has attempted to limit marriage to exclusively a man and a woman has had those restrictions shot down by the courts based on constitutional freedom. The startling thing about this is how dramatic the change has been.

In 1996, 41 percent of Americans under 30 approved of same-sex marriage. Today, it's supported by 71 percent of that age group. Even older people, aged 50 to 64, in that same period, have changed their minds -- from 15 percent to 48 percent in just 18 years.

Why this remarkable turnaround?

Maybe a lot of folks have discovered that instead of freaks, gay people may be family.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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