And its not just government policy, but a change in the way we view it. I've seen people openly state that don't care about the rights of Group X, they just want their agenda (or preferences) put in place. That should never be acceptable. Violating the rights of one group sets a precedent for violating the rights of any group.
Right now as a people and a nation we still cherish individual liberties and rights, but we're becoming more accepting of small exceptions. I do fear that if the day ever comes when Americans stops respecting the rights of all citizens, democracy could lead us to some very dark places.