Although I don't completely disagree with your assessment, it's worth noting that almost 2/3 of voters support some sort of legally recognized status for gay couples. Granted, while my attitude towards gay marriage may be more liberal (or classifcally conservative as I don't think it's the government's place to legislate the parameters of a relationship between two consenting adults), I don't think that attitudes towards homosexuality decided the election. While such a hot button issue likely contributed to the result, I think the most galling statistics I've seen relate to a complete lack of due diligence on the part of the voting public. Bob Herbert of the NY Times reported that nearly 70% of President Bush's supporters believe that the U.S. has uncovered "clear evidence" of Saddam Hussein's working closely with Al Qaeda. 33% of the President's voters believe we've found WMD in Iraq. (http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/08/opinion/08herbert.html?hp ) Unlike views on homosexuality, this information does not lie in the realm of opinion. The electorate remains ill-informed, and for better or for worse, they will reap what they sow.