GAY RIGHTS….Thanks to Patrick Nielsen Hayden for pointing out this TNR post that I missed while I was on vacation last week:

Today Joe Lieberman, along with Senator Mark Dayton and Congressman Barney Frank, introduced a bill extending domestic partnership benefits to gay and lesbian federal employees….That Lieberman is willing to join with the openly gay Barney Frank to propose a bill like this shows that he’s not willing to tone down his support for gay rights in an effort to claim the family-values center. Good for him.

Gay marriage may still be highly controversial, but domestic partnership benefits are pretty widely supported and this is exactly the kind of issue that Democrats should be pushing. It’s the right thing to do, it’s a moderate stand that appeals to moderates, and Bush will have a hard time explaining why he’s against it. It’s a winner.