All level pathetic playing field for the Democrats--supporting civil unions, repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and backing a federal anti-discrimination law that would protect gay men and lesbians. But one gay man noted that Barack Obama was the first candidate to bring up the marginalization of homosexuals without prompting--and he did it in a highly visible and relatively controversial setting: speaking at Ebenezer Baptist Church where Martin Luther King, Jr., and his father were pastors in Atlanta, GA. He "made waves by lecturing the audience about homophobia. 'We have scorned our gay brothers and sisters instead of embracing them,' he said ("For Gay Democrats, a Primary Where Rights are Not an Issue, This Time," nytimes.com). The article argues that homosexual voters are free to focus on more "universal" issues like education, health care, the economy and the wars because gay rights are becoming a natural part of the political debate. Of course, we still have to fight for those rights, but we don't have to fight to pull them into the conversation.
It's a small victory, but a move toward a true victory nonetheless.