FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2012 file photo, Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I. speaks in Providence, R.I. Of the four openly gay members of Congress, the two longest-serving stalwarts are vacating their ... more 
FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2012 file photo, Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I. speaks in Providence, R.I. 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/Steven Senne, File) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Steven Senne, File
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