If you do not support our right to marriage equality then you do not view us as equals.
It is just that simple. If you do not see us as equals then you are going to be the object of opprobrium. Religious beliefs excuse neither intolerance nor inequality. If If your religion or its leaders view us as unequal then both are regarded as opponents of LGBT people.
Example: On May 18, Maggie Gallagher wrote:
This same week, Manny Pacquiao, who Time magazine dubbed the
world’s greatest boxer (and who is also a Filipino legislator), came
out against same-sex marriage—specifically in response to Obama’s
announcement. He was then attacked as a bigot and a hater (and falsely
accused of calling for the death of gay people!).
Manny Pacquiao’s boxing prowess does not excuse his intolerance. Manny Pacquiao is a serial adulterer which makes him a hypocrite and a bigot. Ms. Gallagher seems to think that opposing our equality in response to the President’s support of same is somehow excusable. Wrong. Pacquiao is not a victim of political correctness. We, in the LGBT community, are victims of Pacquiao’s intolerance.
Every time a Carrie Prejean is vilified for simply opposing gay
marriage, ordinary Americans learn: it’s dangerous to speak out. Their
common sense views are now “toxic.”
“Simply opposing gay marriage” is simply opposing our right of full equality. Opposing equality is not some form of “common sense;” It is a form of bigotry. Ms. Prejean is not a victim. The fact that she feels comfortable in airing her intolerance in polite society is the ultimate victimization of the LGBT community.
Full equality means marriage equality. Anything less is “simply” unacceptable!