76 – 22 Percent

That was the margin for Obama among gay voters. The generational shift is profound:

Only 1.9 percent of Americans over 65 identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual, according to the Gallup survey, while 3.2 percent of those between 30 and 49 and 6.4 percent of those between 18 and 29 do.

More to the point, among straight voters, the result was 49-49 percent for both Obama and Romney. So that kinda means gays won the election for Obama, right? Kinda. More realistically, it simply means that the era of using gays as election-bait – Rove’s and Morris’s strategies in 1996 and 2004 – is now over. We have arrived. We are winners. We make politicians winners. And more are on the way.