School libraries across the state, from elementary school to high school, now have expanding shelves of books to normalize homosexual behavior and "lifestyle" in the minds of kids, some of them quite explicit and even pornographic. Reality TV shows or sitcoms like Will and Grace that depict gays and lesbians in a positive light may open people's eyes a bit, but not everyone has been watching—or marching in lockstep. View Comments Marcia Hams right and Susan Shepard, who have been married for 11 years, were the first gay couple in the country to receive a legal license to wed. It took effect immediately. One of them held a bullhorn against the window outside the meeting, bellowing at the participants inside. Various cities passed domestic partnership ordinances that offered health and insurance benefits to partners of gay and lesbian municipal employees. As a result, many more children in Massachusetts appear to be self-identifying as "gay. If it had been up to Wilson and Compton, their union would've been recognized years before that. The emphasis was that those working with children must be trained that homosexuality and transgenderism are normal. RFRA was passed in response to the Smith case discussed above; it restores in statutory form the protections that Smith removed. But the social and political landscape is complicated as well, with wide differences in attitudes towards homosexuality among regions, generations, religious groups, and urban and rural areas. How Making History Unmade A Family In a StoryCorps interview in March, the couple talks about how, until recently, their relationship carried consequences — if it was acknowledged all. Finneran commented: Mitt Romney. You've been forewarned. Because of that, there is an often depressing sense of helplessness that pervades this issue.