Most people I know are confused how people who aren't gay can have any opinion on whether or not other people should have certain rights. Then I thought about it sociologically and anthropologically. Evolutionarily speaking, those who undermine and exploit other humans have an advantage. The creature willing to kill and steal to gather necessary materials will be favored in natural selection. Our humanity tells us it's wrong, but instance tells us to do it. But evolution isn't one sided, it's an arms race, when one set of humans develop the instinct to exploit, other humans develop the instinct to be weary other groups of humans. Cultures that are completely different can live side by side peaceful only as long as they are unaware of each other. In the south, the people's superstition bound them together and they were blissfully unaware of everyone else until about 1995. Then the internet happened, and everyone was not instantly connected to everyone else. We became aware of each other's cultures and that created a tremendous cultural shock. Cultural shocks have always ended badly. When the world industrialized, millions of people had to start interacting with people very different than their own. Genocide and wars was the result. The Nazis killed 5 millions Jews and the Americans killed 100 million natives. Us in urban areas were already well aware of all the other cultures before the 90s, so we've already been intermingling with blacks, muslims, gays... for decades. When I watched the Friends episode with the lesbian wedding in the late 90s, I was too young to even realize it was out of the norm. So when a group of people encounter another group of people, they instinctively fear it because of hard wiring from our evolution. Then they will bind to the single thing that binds them together, in the rural south, that's their superstition. That gives the leaders of the superstition, in this case the christian faith, an extra loud voice. Media is driven by capitalism, journalistic integrity is a thing of the past and news is all about sensationalizing the mundane to get ratings. A group of people preaching bigotry is easy to blow out of proportion, so they did it. Because the most extreme were representing the christian beliefs, and because christians are taught that the very core of their religion is to follow, not to think, the media easily whipped up a huge group of people that otherwise wouldn't care into hate mongering pawns of the most extreme minority. The plutocrats more interested in keeping their own positions immediately bonded to an ideal that was wrong, but their ill-lead base now believed, thus it became a political issue. I do have hope for the human race, culture clashes have created wars, but for the most part, intellectual groups tended to mingle peacefully. The majority of the world is run by intellectuals, they just happen to use the ignorant masses to sway the vote, but won't actually act on ideals that they know in the long run is wrong, because in the long run, they know if they act on it too much, they'll lose their job when public opinion eventually sways to reality. Could apply the same logic to the muslim world, most of the ignorant mass was pretty much unaware of it until 9-11, where they immediately gave it a negative connotation and you had idiot politicians calling allah a monkey god, unaware that christians and muslims worship the same god.