I wonder if those who have been hoping that the 1996 presidential campaign will focus on the issues were heartened by the willingness of both Bob Dole and Bill Clinton to let voters know precisely where they stand on single-sex marriage.

No sooner had the two candidates recorded their opposition than Newt Gingrich, who has lately been making some Republicans nostalgic for that all too brief period when his policy was to remain in the background, said that if his half-sister, a lesbian, married another woman he would not attend the ceremony. In other words, he publicly turned down an invitation...

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