When it became clear in December that Luke and Noah were being censored ("mistletoegate" was a kiss near Christmas that the camera panned away from, focusing instead on mistletoe instead of the boys kissing under it), fans began a successful campaign to pressure show owners Procter and Gamble and network CBS to treat Luke and Noah fairly and allow them to kiss like straight couples. I was one of many who mailed letters and Hershey's Kisses to The Powers That Be. Lo and behold, the Associated Press picked up the story and it received a lot of mainstream media coverage.
Since that momentous third kiss last month, the boys have kissed several more times, and it seems that P&G has finally stopped pandering to the homophobia of a vocal minority of audience members. Sure, the storylines are ridiculous, but it's Oakdale. It's a nutty place. I think the statement that, "on the show gay life doesn’t flourish without intense animosity directed at it" is rather unfair. Granted, Noah's dad is a homophobic nut, and there was one incident on a country road involving some frat boys who were inexplicably cruising for a fight first thing in the morning, but the rest of the residents of Oakdale are very supportive of Luke and Noah.
The author's final statement about sexuality replacing class in the "culture wars" is thought provoking. Is gay the new stable boy? I don't know, but as long as I get to see cute guys rolling around in the hay, I'm happy.