KCPD officer Rebecca Caster aims to build a department relationship with the LGBT community 

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Lopez and Tim came out long before Caster, and they give her crap for her enthusiasm over gay-rights issues. Their own sense of activism has mellowed over time. There was, for example, the June day when the Supreme Court struck down a large part of the Defense of Marriage Act. Caster, by all accounts, was ebullient.

Lopez: "We're like, 'That's great. What's for breakfast?' "

Tim: "I do my best to stay away from politics."

Caster: "And I hate that."

That such a victory still feels fresh to Caster — she herself says she has "this fire" — is, they agree, what makes her right for the liaison position.

But even during a summer that has seen Minnesota, California, Rhode Island and Delaware allow gay marriage and has dealt serious damage to DOMA, the Caster siblings know that not everybody has totally come around on equal rights. And not everybody will. Maybe not even their family.

One of Caster's brothers recently read an article about her in the local gay publication, Camp, and he objected to seeing his sister called gay in public. Caster recalls: "He said, 'I just don't like them labeling you a lesbian or Tim gay.' "

Tim says, "I don't think anybody from our family would go to Becky's wedding. Maybe the sisters-in-law."

"Dad said to me the other day, 'I don't want to be on the wrong side of history,' " Rebecca Caster says of a recent conversation they had about gay marriage.

Caster is already part of the KCPD's history. That's her job.

"I look forward to the next decade. I really do. A lot of people think that I am almost too positive," she says.

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