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This really was a lesson for all about compromise, respectful and intellectual debate, and attempting to understand and accept all those around us with diverse viewpoints, rather than a debate about gay marriage. That being said, gay marriage currently is, and will likely continue to be, the catalyst for this lesson for many years to come. It's important to note that "compromising" does not mean changing your opinion or standpoint. "Compromising" really is about accepting others' opinions. Through accepting those opinions, your own viewpoint might change. It seems all too common today that people/politicians will simply "stick to their guns" on an issue and not even entertain the idea that others might be right or have a valid opinion. Since any differing opinions get preemptively labeled in this way, it is impossible to actually hear what anyone else is saying.