A panel that included lesbian rocker Melissa Etheridge questions Sen. Barack Obama.
LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) - Democratic presidential hopefuls stressed their common ground with the gay and lesbian community in a televised forum, but one significant exception loomed - same-sex marriage.
Thursday night's forum in Los Angeles was sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. It was broadcast on the gay-themed cable network Logo, making it the first-ever televised presidential forum on gay issues.
The group said it offered Republican presidential candidates the opportunity to participate in their own forum, but they declined.