Any research any how many votes it influenced? Did Kerry clearly distance himself from that idea? IMO he should have said something like: Marriage is a union between a man and a woman. That cannot be changed. Gays should be allowed to register and legalize their relationships, but it can never be called marriage or be legally equalized with it. This should be added to the Constitution to make sure no state judges allow it. What would that cost him? The gay vote? Or does he really believe homosexual relationships are equal to heterosexual ones?