I wonder if Bruni sees the irony in what he wrote here:
The specific issue of same-sex marriage still provokes fierce disagreement. But even factoring that in, the gay rights movement inexorably closes in on its real goal, which is not — as some opponents believe — for everyone to be talking incessantly about homosexuality. Among ourselves we don’t talk incessantly about it, trust me. We talk about dinner, diets and, during a summer like this, air-conditioning. We’re hot all right, but in the same weary, sweaty sense as everyone else.
The goal is for talking about homosexuality to be largely unnecessary. The goal is for the presence, legitimacy and equal rights of gays to be givens.
Bruni says it's a stereotype to suggest the gay community is fixated with discussing its collective sexuality. Yet he comes to a potato field in Plover, a gay columnist covering a gay candidate for Senate and chooses to write an entire column about her sexuality. If Bruni as a gay columnist wrote about Baldwin, the gay candidate and never mentioned his or her sexuality, he could have proven that point. Instead, he defeated it.