I’m not an expert on political change. But this article in the NYT claiming that “even as cultural acceptance of homosexuality increases across the country, the politics of gay rights remains full of crosscurrents” strikes me as insane, for two reason. First, that someone could be short-sighted enough to think that a decade of change, backlash, sometimes-acceptance, and sometimes-hidden deep animosity to LGBT communities means ‘cultural acceptance’ is stupid. And second, to believe that the politics haven’t changed is stupid.
In fact, I would suggest that the whole article is written as a process piece meant to goad the Obama administration into a public fight with the LGBT community, because it would be fun to watch for political reporters and would allow political opponents to point to (probably real) rifts in the Democratic party. It would also allow those who would prefer to rid the world of pesky gay people to continue to oppose political change without being openly accused of being homophobic.