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Gays were Mayor Marion Barry’s key voting bloc, and the homosexual population of Washington is growing in number, visibility, and clout. It’s a world of Lacoste and leather, of baths and church services, or considerable wealth. Local gays think they have won their battles with the DC government—they can teach in the schools and the police keep their hands off. Now they want a federal anti-discrimination law and the right to work in the FBI, CIA, and the military. But they face a religious and political backlash that could cause new anti-gay measures, confrontations, and headlines. Here are the people, the background, and the issues.