I am not one to quibble with Roy Edroso's critical eye, and this post is well worth the read, but I do think Roy misses something both significant and simple:
The intractable bigotries of the American Right are offensive to all thinking people, even to those who were traumatized into joining it in 2001. Yet no major candidate in either party will stand up for gay marriage. I think they realize that if they did take up the cause, they would be greeted, not by just the small clutch of angry misfits whose heads swim with homo-hatred, but by them and a much larger group they've convinced to come along in solidarity.What Roy ignores is the plain fact that no major candidate in either party thinks that fags should marry. Most are perfectly happy to host homos in their homes, to delight in their conversation, to sap off of their tastes, and to approve of their love, but they believe in the holy reservation of gold bands by God for straights, and in their hearts they continue to feel fag relationships as somewhat lesser forms of their own tawdry, largely failed efforts at lifetime pair-bonding.