We have to understand that words matter. Calls for equality lead to equality. Calls for death lead to death. Using gay as an epithet may no longer be legally shameful, but it still leads to violence, suicide, murder.
All of the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names: "queer," "dickhead," "fruit," "fairy," "faggot," "ho-ho-homo," "retard," "douche," "gay," "tranny," "pussy," "sissy boy." They hit him and shoved him, and spit their reindeer spit on him.
Thirteen years ago Matthew Shepard was clinging to life as a result of a brutal, anti-gay attack. It was only a few weeks prior to Matthew's attack that I was contemplating suicide, having endured years of anti-gay bullying and torment.
Regardless of one's view about sexual ethics, family values, or same-sex marriage, I believe that encouraging or contributing to violence against LGBT people, either directly or indirectly, is the true sin against nature and creation.
Today's Times article leaves out the perhaps important part where Scott Lively "prays" that his campaign is like a massive explosion that kills tens of thousands of people in a disintegrating rain of atomic fire.