The case in question resulted in a fine amounting to less than $200 for each and the law was very rarely enforced. Not that those individual cases are acceptable, but it is not even remotely akin to the kind of extreme and systemic legal oppression that was faced by racial minorities in the 1960's.I don't have any idea how you define "minor" when it comes to gays, but anti-sodomy laws are nothing more than a big old F YOU! to gays that reflected the general consensus of the population.Where did I say "being gay" has "no meaningful societal cost"? I was pointing to the legal costs, which is what matters in this discussion when you are comparing it to the civil rights movement of the 1960's.And now that immense progress has been made, a lot of it through tactics you decry, and open bigotry now has real consequences, you're complaining about those tactics, the result of which allow you to declare that being gay carries with it no meaningful societal cost.I do not think anyone should be intimidated by a mob into conforming their views to those held by the mob or intimidated into keeping their views secret. Unfortunately, there really can be no viable legal means to solve that problem except when the form of intimidation is so extreme as to constitute a crime. You just have to change the culture.That is self evidently true, but so what? Your problem isn't that expressing a belief has consequences, you just do not believe that expressing a belief hostile to the rights of homosexuals should have consequences. I'm in the Bible Belt. If I took a public stand and contributed to efforts to, say, strip churches of their tax exempt status, I should expect the very large and influential church community in my area to vigorously oppose me were I to be named CEO of a company that served large numbers of evangelicals. You're whining that taking a stand on controversial issues has consequences for a person in the public eye.As noted, those are not even remotely the same as what we are talking about. Not recognizing gay marriage is not even remotely comparable to legally-mandated segregation or being denied the right to vote. Gay pride events and parades go on all over the country with no one sending out the dogs or firehoses.Should blacks have had to deal with years and years of Jim Crow? It took them standing up and fighting for their civil rights to finally end it. Women had to fight for their civil rights too.