On the patio of a Dorchester restaurant one recent day, nine candidates for mayor stood in near unanimity, pledging their allegiance to the rainbow flag. One said he would bring the Gay Games to Boston. Another spoke of his experience growing up with a lesbian mother.
DotOut, the gay rights group hosting the forum, didn't even bother with an endorsement vote. With so many supportive candidates facing the packed crowd, it would be impossible for one candidate to win a majority vote, said an organizer.