FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2006 pool-file photo, New York Democratic Rep. candidate Sean Patrick Maloney speaks at Pace University in New York. Of the four openly gay members of Congress, the two longest-serving stalwarts are vacating their seats. Instead of fretting, their activist admirers are excited about a record crop of gays vying to win seats in the next Congress _ and to make history in the process. A common denominator in all the races: neither the gay candidates nor their rivals are stressing sexual orientation, and the oft-heard refrain is, "It's not an issue." If anti-gay innuendo does surface from lower echelons of a campaign, there are swift disavowals _ even conservative candidates these days think twice about being depicted as biased against gays and lesbians. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson, File, Pool)

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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2006 pool-file photo, New York Democratic Rep. candidate Sean Patrick Maloney speaks at Pace University in New York.  Of the four openly gay members of Congress, the two longest-serving stalwarts are vacating their seats. Instead of fretting, their activist admirers are excited about a record crop of gays vying to win seats in the next Congress _ and to make history in the process. A common denominator in all the races: neither the gay candidates nor their rivals are stressing sexual orientation, and the oft-heard refrain is, "It's not an issue." If anti-gay innuendo does surface from lower echelons of a campaign, there are swift disavowals _ even conservative candidates these days think twice about being depicted as biased against gays and lesbians. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson, File, Pool)
FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2006 pool-file photo, New York Democratic Rep. candidate Sean Patrick Maloney speaks at Pace University in New York. Of the four openly gay members of Congress, the two longest-serving stalwarts are vacating their seats. Instead of fretting, their activist admirers are excited about a record crop of gays vying to win seats in the next Congress _ and to make history in the process. A common denominator in all the races: neither the gay candidates nor their rivals are stressing sexual orientation, and the oft-heard refrain is, "It's not an issue." If anti-gay innuendo does surface from lower echelons of a campaign, there are swift disavowals _ even conservative candidates these days think twice about being depicted as biased against gays and lesbians. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson, File, Pool)
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