They're the two dominant gay-rights issues today, but how do marriage and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" compare to each other, politically?
At The Corner, Maggie Gallagher tries to relate DADT's nascent repeal to the fight over marriage, perceiving a trend in American culture that backgrounds both debates:
... the inability of those who opposed DADT repeal to kill this bill in the lame duck, even in light of the strong opposition to repeal from troops in the field, is an example of the growing mismatch in culture power -- the power to name reality, the power to determine which stories get told and whose feelings count.
For Gallagher, the DADT debate revealed a cultural mainstreaming of gay rights, which ultimately led to the political consensus around repealing the military's policy.
Gay rights, and homosexuality in general, do seem far more supported/accepted now than they were five or ten years ago, but few actual metrics that come to mind. Fictional gay couples now star in primetime network sitcoms, where "Will and Grace" once seemed kind of edgy. Our last Republican president, Dick Cheney, has a lesbian daughter and supports gay rights. The former chairman of the Republican National Committee is gay.