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Caveat emptor

The gay coummnuity is dancing on the 10-yard line yet we haven't scored a touchdown. Time for the gay community to go dancing in the streets? Not yet.

Though Democrats swept into power in the US Congress, many of the newly elected are downright conservative on issues. Indiana's new congressman Brad Ellsworth and North Carolina's Heath Shuler are just two examples of freshman Democrat congressmen who are opposed to gay marriage. Even Pennsylvania's Bob Casey Jr had something in common with Senator Rick Santorum: both opposed gay marriage.

Nobody knows how this will translate in legislation. The Democrat leadership is unlikely to bring the Federal Marriage Amendment up for vote but the gay community still has other pressing issues.

HRC's Joe Solmonese is pushing for a trans-inclusive ENDA that might not sit well with anti-gay marriage Democrats who have to run for re-election in two years. The best arguments and best win for the gay community would be overturning the "don't ask don't tell" policy, but presidential impeachment will probably be the top priority for Bush weary Democrats and their gay Democrat constituents.

You would never guess that Ohio's senator-elect Sherrod Brown is pro-gay by reading his election website - where he didn't mention the gay community at all. Ohio's governor-elect Ted Strickland, who stated he is anti-gay marriage but still pro-gay, has to deal with a Republican controlled state legislature. And our local gay community still has to convince our local county's "pro-gay" Democrat party leadership there are gays and lesbians in the county who do vote.

Our LGBT issues are not guaranteed to win converts, not by a long shot. There is still plenty of work to be done on both sides of the aisle.