On the topic of close-minded Republicans, congratulations religious right on your miserable little victory fighting back the right of gay people to marry. Civil rights will ultimately prevail over church rights, but you've won a few years in California. New York: It's time to take a stand.
On a happier note, this week Hilary Clinton's State Department announced that it will begin offering equal protection to same-sex partners of American diplomats. I've spent much of the past year working for a non-profit that gets much of the funding for its Africa-based programs from the State Department, and I know how welcome these benefits will be to the thousands of gays and lesbians who work hard to make the world a better place, on behalf of their fellow Americans.
Step by step. Brick by brick. America will right itself and become the place it should be. I believe it.