The Gap Between Gay and Straight

A strange, unspoken assumption about human sexuality runs through the current debate on gay rights. Both sides agree, without saying so explicitly, that the human race consists of two types of people: there are heterosexuals and -- on the other side of a great sexual dividing line -- homosexuals. Heterosexuals are assumed to be the majority, while gays and lesbians are thought to be a "minority," analogous to African Americans, Latinos or any other ethnic group. Thus we have Gay Pride marches, just as we have St. Patrick's Day parades or Puerto Rican Day. Gay militants have even rallied, in some...

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