Unlike the 2004 election, marriage has not emerged as a "wedge issue" in this campaign season in large part because conservatives don't want to risk "alienating" younger evangelical voters, whom polls show are much more accepting of gay rights than their parents, according to Steven Waldman, president and editor in chief of Beliefnet.com. "Political strategists realize there are still large numbers of people who view gay marriage as a major threat," Waldman writes. "But now, candidates must appeal to them without alienating moderates or younger voters."

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