How do you feel about the treatment of people opposing gay marriage?
I am in no way trying to start an argument about something everyone has heard about and yelled about a million and a half times. I am curious as to peoples' thoughts on the treatment of people opposing gay marriage.
I believe that everyone should have equal rights, and that is my opinion. I get angry and ashamed when people think that homosexuals are morally wrong, however, I feel no need to yell at them. I feel no need to call them names, or ignorant, or demoralize them for their beliefs. I realize that homosexuals are sometimes killed or kill themselves for others' words and actions. But does that justify doing the same things back? Would I be justified if I bullied someone who didn't believe in equality for all people to the point they killed themselves? I want people to believe as they see fit so long as it doesn't interfere with other people's lives. You can disagree with something; you have every right to not like something. It doesn't mean you can stop people from doing something, but it doesn't mean I can slander you for your opinions either.
Sorry for the long explanation, but I really wanted to state how I felt about the subject. What are your opinions on this? Do we (who believe in equality for all) have the right to batter (verbally or physically) people who don't feel the same way? Do you (who believe in something different) have the right to just stop (through words or actions) a section of society from living as they wish?
Please, please, please, understand that I don't want arguments. I am not trying to make anyone mad. I am very curious as to how people feel about being able to express their opinions without some huge backlash in regards to human equality. If it makes you angry, don't comment. If you can present an opinion objectively I would love to hear it.