Amendments, defining marriage as between a man and a woman only, passed "overwhelmingly" in all 11 states that considered the issue on Tuesday. *(In fact, having the gay marriage issue on the ballot in Ohio may have elected Bush - but that’s another issue)* The issue here is this - should gay people accept the gains they have made in the last twenty or so years in this country and, as a consequence, accept the election results amending 11 state constitutions - for now? Or should they become more vocal, much more radical like the Blacks during the early periods of the civil rights movement? Before you respond (if anyone does) - recall that gays have been experiencing many gains in BOTH the law and in mainstream culture. But it's an evolution and one moving at an evolutionary pace. Part of this evolution was the Texas anti-sodomy laws which were struck down by the Supreme Court last year -- guaranteeing that 'right to privacy' between consenting adults. Note also that there are quite a few instances of openly gay characters and real people on TV and in other media - substantially depicting gays with respect. Might pushing this issue 'too hard,' at the present, and being 'too vocal,' at this time create a greater backlash than just witnessed at the polls on Tuesday. A greater backlash than a mere 11 states amending their constitutions? OR, in the alternative, will activism, making yourself be seen, and making the issues stand out for consideration make people question themselves and their values - much like Mahatma Gandhi did using his non-violent resistance?