The Daily Californian
September 6, 2013

In 2008, the people of California failed the state’s LGBT couples. In 2012, three states passed referendums to legalize gay marriage, the majority of the country supported gay rights and the Supreme Court made landmark rulings in favor of our LGBT community.

What happened in the span of four years that allowed the country to go from California, of all places, being horrible to the victories of 2012 and 2013?

Of course, the activism of the LGBT community and its allies played a significant role, but something else served to drive the country in a certain direction. In four years, Hollywood happened. More specifically, television happened.