You Can't Sneak Around

For presidential aspirants, fund-raising events are usually a safe way to win friends and get press coverage. But when Walter Mondale appeared at a dinner in Manhattan last week, there were political risks. Reason: the occasion was sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign Fund, a political action committee dedicated to advancing the cause of gay rights.

Appearing at such a function would have been unthinkable for a national candidate not long ago, and even today gay rights is a subject so highly charged that most politicians would prefer to stay in the closet on the issue. "Sure we weighed the pros and...

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