Editor's note: This contribution by the late journalist I.F. Stone first appeared in our January 1975 magazine.
Sex-advice columnist and gay activist Dan Savage and his partner, Terry Miller, were one of the first couples to get married in Washington State Thursday after the passage of the marriage equality referendum last month there.
Savage is the founder of the "It Gets Better" project to prevent gay suicides and give hope to those who are victims of homophobic bullying.
"If you had told me when I was coming out when I was a teenager that a time would come when a majority in a state like Washington, or Maine, or Maryland would vote to endorse marriage equality, would vote to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples, I wouldn't have believed you," he told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
"It's really a remarkable journey we've been on," said Savage, who noted the "sea change" in attitudes.
"It's gotten better for us," he said, "because straight people have gotten better about us. And gay people made that happen. We came out."
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