Just because there's been surprisingly little thunder against the gays of late doesn't mean no one has been busy conjuring up the lightning that precedes it. And just because the Republican presidential candidates have so far been relatively quiet about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans on the campaign trail doesn't mean they won't turn up the volume if it suits them. Thanks to a collision of the primary calendar and actions coming to a head out in the states, it just might suit them.
In September, we had to endure a storm over the illegal antics of Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk who said that her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples was a matter of acting under "God's authority" - the historic Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage be damned.
Then, in November, we witnessed the repudiation of an anti-discrimination law that protected LGBT people in Houston. Thanks to a campaign built on lies about transgender people in public bathrooms, a statute that covered 15 "protected characteristics" was repealed with more than 60 percent of the vote.