Responding to “Confused Neighbor,” you wrote, “Sophisticated people living in a country devoted to free speech should be able to tolerate different — or even offensive — perspectives without wanting to leave the country, but you don’t seem able to see things this way. This is something for you to work on.”
Rather than try to explain to you myself by just how much your comment above misses the point, I am going to refer you to someone who said it far better than I possibly could. I urge you to read this blog posting. When you’re done with that, do a little research and see if you can find out how many people have been killed in the United States of America in the past five years just because they were gay.
These will, I hope, help you to understand, that to gays living in the U.S.A. in 2012, it isn’t about free speech or offensive perspectives; it is about serious threats to their happiness, their well-being, and even their lives.