My friend Suzy: So your lead characters are gay?
Me: Well there are four leads. A gay couple and a hetero couple.
Suzy: And no one has said anything to you?
Me: Like hate mail or something?
Me: No. I really don't think people care.
And I really don't. I'm sure there are those who feel strongly one way or another but they've been mercifully quiet on the topic. I also believe the silence speaks volumes about the audience. Perhaps it's wishful thinking but I like to think of O Line's audience as mature, well rounded, well travelled, and educated individuals. In other words, worldly people who have a life and care more about how we treat our differences than subjugating others to their own tenets. I don't think there is anything didactic about the gay character's or plot lines so I think it may also breed familiarity for someone who thinks they may not know anyone who is gay. (Or worse, someone who only sees gay characters on television.)
I made it a point not to put a spot light on the "gay" as well. I just don't think this is the proper forum for that. I could write a novel about the trials and tribulations of what being gay means economically, socially, and politically but then it wouldn't be a mystery (or very fun for that matter).