And all those tired, worn-out accusations about the “bigotry” of those opposed to same-sex marriage won’t work this time, at least not with my mom. She’ll turn 90 on May 27. She’s been a Mass-attending Catholic for decades and supports her church’s position on same-sex marriage. She’s not going to be swayed by anyone telling her what a “bigot” she is.

What if other senior citizens — especially those who voted for Obama in 2008 — feel the same way? What if there are a bunch of such senior citizens? Proponents of same-sex marriage aren’t going to sway many senior citizens over to their position. It certainly won’t work to tell them how “bigoted” they are.

And senior citizens have this annoying habit of showing up at the polls and voting. Younger Americans — say those in the 18-25 age range — are a lot more likely to support same-sex marriage, but they’re a lot less likely to show up at the polls. They’re much more fit and able-bodied than most seniors, but they’ll be too busy texting someone or checking their Facebook statuses.