Simply affirming what their faith teaches about sexuality in context of the gay rights debate really is, and will increasingly be, seen not as evidence of one’s poor thinking, but rather as evidence of one’s personal evil. I told him that I understand it, because I’ve seen the same thing play out in my profession. I mentioned someone I know who works in a New York newsroom, at a senior level, who lives in the closet as an Evangelical, out of fear of her colleagues learning the truth — this, given their openly expressed spite for Evangelicals. I mentioned another friend, a gay-marriage supporter from another New York newsroom, who told me not long ago that there is no room there for dissent on same-sex marriage. All opposition to the new orthodoxy is taken as a confession of one’s bigotry.1. If you are too afraid to let people know about being a Christian, then you are a shitty Christian. The Jesus of the Bible didn't hunker down in a cave afraid to be found out. He literally gave his life for his beliefs, and you cry because someone says that your bigoted beliefs are bigoted? So either buck up, or modernize. No one gives the Flat Earth Society the time of day. Religions that don't adapt to the realities of the modern world will face increasing hostility, and rightly so.
Clinging to the notion that two people who love each other can't marry, because of the Bible, is as quaint, absurd, and obsolete a notion to a fast-growing majority as the Islamic fundamentalist belief that women shouldn't be seen outside of the home without burqas.
2. We live in the United States, that place with the founding documents that proclaims that "all men are created equal," and "no state shall make or enforce any law which shall ... deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." For a crowd that loves to bandy about their pocket Constitutions and revolutionary tricorn hats, funny how those founding principles get glossed over in the name of "religious freedom." Well, it's against my religion ("Reality-ism") that Republicans get the right to vote. But alas, they still get to vote, because "freedom of religion" doesn't mean what they think it means.
3. When gay marriage opponents get bullied into suicide, they can whine about how terrible they have it. Until then, shut the fuck up.
The same people that have spent pretty much forever demonizing and delegitimizing homosexuality are now crying because it's their turn to face a smidgeon of the hostility, in a country where two-thirds of its citizens still do not live in states with marriage equality?
But the problem for the whiners really isn't that they can't wave their bigotry in public without repercussions. It's that they're a rapidly shrinking minority, whining themselves into extinction as society passes them by.