05/20/2015 09:05 am ET Updated May 28, 2015

The Gay Rights Movement Is About To Make History. Then What?

The gay rights movement is on the doorstep of history. Sometime in June, the Supreme Court will issue a ruling on same-sex marriage, and the going bet is that at least five of the nine justices will find same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional.

Should that happen, it would be a milestone for a movement that, just one decade ago, was grappling with a series of setbacks on marriage in states across the country.

In the latest edition of "Drinking & Talking," former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), Victory Fund CEO Aisha Moodie-Mills, Robert Traynham, a former press secretary for likely GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum, and HuffPost reporter Jen Bendery discussed the remarkable turnaround and explained the reasons for it.

In a wide-ranging talk, they discussed the AIDS epidemic, the setbacks LGBT people faced under President Bill Clinton and the unsung pioneers of the movement. They also looked to the future, to a time when a Republican presidential candidate will run on a pro-gay marriage platform, and predicted how the political landscape will be transformed by the court.

Watch the video above. Here's an index of key moments in the discussion:

0:00 - Introduction
1:01 - A Brief History of LGBT Rights in Congress
6:30 - Don't Ask Don't Tell: A Major Setback
9:03 - The GOP Evolves On LGBT Rights
12:51 - Smart Activism And Copious Cash Fuel The LGBT PR Game
16:21 - Dick Cheney And Julian Bond: Unsung Voices
18:48 - After The Supreme Court Decides Gay Marriage, What's Next?

"Drinking & Talking" is produced and edited by Adriana Usero, Christine Conetta and Ibrahim Balkhy. Technical direction is provided by Brad Shannon. Special thanks, as always, goes to Jason Linkins.



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