Gay activists: Marriage secondary to basic rights

Thursday, July 30, 2009 | 6:24 p.m. CDT; updated 6:47 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 30, 2009

CLAYTON — Gay marriage and gays in the military may dominate the headlines, but activists in many states say their fight is much more fundamental: basic rights and protections against discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation, even to overturn a ban on changing gender on a driver's license or birth certificate.