It's a learned bigoted reaction that can be unlearned.
It's a natural reaction.
Not enough is known about it to explain it.
Other (please elaborate)
Hate-crime legislation simply increases the penalty for an existing crime if it can be proven that the crime was motivated by hatred of that class.
Murder is murder is murder. Assault is assault is assault. You can't claim equality and a special status for prosecution purposes at the same time.
The perp's motives do not effect the vic's actions after the fact, or whether the vic reports the crime or not.
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I'm heterosexual and I don't really. I mean, I'm not attracted to it, obviously, but I can definitely imagine grosser things.
That doesn't mean Americans, as a cultural norm, hunt and execute gays.
You found criminals who the public rejects. You did not prove that the general American populace seeks gays out for persecution. You found exceptions, and exceptions only prove rules. You proved my argument for me.
Basically what this shows is that the more theocratic a society, the more often they kill the marginalized people in their theocracy. What religion it worships doesn't seem to matter much.
Gay people aren't just about sex, you know. They have diverse, dynamic lives just like everyone else. I think the solution for homophobes is to make friends with a gay person. They are just people being people, like anyone else.
In other words, stop thinking of them as gay people and think of them as people.
I'm not, I watch lesbian porn all the time.
"To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by rights to hand down to them."~ Theodore Roosevelt (Message to Congress, Dec. 3, 1907)
I honestly don't give a **** until they force me to make a decision.
Oscar Wilde said homosexuality is "the love that dare not speak it's name." Someone more recently called it "the love that will not shut it's mouth."
They want acceptance. I don't blame them. I just don't think they can legislate it, try as they might.