Remember the good old days when we were at the heart of presidential campaigns? Back in 1992, there was President George Bush (The First) declaring on national television that gays are not "normal" people. Vice President Dan Quayle explained on "Good Morning America" that we'd made "the wrong choice." Pat Robertson said we weren't fit to be parents. And Pat Buchanan thundered that we deserved to die from AIDS.
And now? Except for some perfunctory questions from journalists during the primaries and a mostly forgettable TV special where six of the eight Democratic presidential candidates were quizzed by a gay panel, we've been absent from the presidential campaigns. (Yes, I know about California, but don't expect either Barack Obama or John McCain to say more than a few words, if that, about the marriage referendum.)