Way back when, Minneapolis got about three free gay newspapers (paid for by advertising). Being free, I picked them up and read them. I even had a cartoon I drew that was in one of them for awhile.
Suddenly out of the blue there were "Gay Marriage" articles. And it was because the Republicans wanted to ban it. I had no idea where they got that from because it really wasn't in the gay community dialogue at all until the Republicans brought it up. The gay community's reaction to it, at first, was. "Why would gays want to get married and be like those unhappy straight people." And stuff like that. It took the gay community a while to warm up to this thing the Republicans wanted to ban.
But it got the topic started and it didn't go away, and now the articles are (we still have one gay paper) we want what everybody else has!!! Now we want the right to marry. Gay marriage is the main political topic.
Why the Republicans started this whole topic? I have no clue. Was there a gay activist in San Francisco talking about it (that the gay community itself was ignoring) that scared the Republicans? Was it to scare and distract straight people from something? Were gays just the scapegoat of the season and that's what they came up with?
Regardless, it happened, and it launched the gay marriage topic. The Republicans opened something that will never be closed. Soon it will happen, because prejudiced like that is unconstitutional.
And I'll have to thank the Republicans for getting the whole ball rolling in the first place.