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If I were an activist, I'd be absolutely thrilled by this Piers Morgan interview in which Christine O'Donnell refuses to discuss gay marriage, to the point of her walking off. It fits in with a pattern among Republicans -- even Michelle Bachmann -- to try and downplay their bigoted views toward gays. This is a tacit acknowledgement that the electorate is changing. It was only eight years ago that the Republican Party was effectively running on anti-gay bigotry. Now -- at least on the national stage -- people are trying to avoid it.



Progress should not be conflated with "Utopia." On the contrary, expect an uptick in accusations of  heterophobia, pro-gay tyranny, and bigotry against straight people. Progress means complication. It's a comparatively good problem to have.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle. More

Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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