Not too long after "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was officially ended, the commader of an aircraft carrier was sacked because of some speeches he'd made over the ship's intercom that included anti-gay epithets. Times being what they are, it apparently wasn't enough to make him tolerate open homosexuality; the new rules had to make possible an ex post facto punishment for being intolerant.
What brings this to mind is a discussion on Fr. Dwight Longenecker's blog on a recent decision by the British Parliament to formally allow churches to hold marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples. Father's concern is that gay-rights activists will use the law to try to compel Catholic and Anglo-Catholic communions to "marry" gay couples. A couple of the commentors seem to suggest that Fr. Longenecker's concerns demonize gay people; one even hinted that it was comparable to the demonization of Jews in the last century, by such sterling examples as Fr. Charles Coughlin.
Are you kidding me?
Look: let's first grant that not every gay person or same-sex couple feels the need to have their love validated by any church, let alone the Catholic Church. There are others who, while they feel the Church is wrong and wrong-headed, at least respect where the Church is coming from. There are even homosexual Catholics who adhere to the Church's teachings voluntarily, remaining chaste. We're not talking about these people.
Then there are those whom my cousin, who is gay himself, calls "the screamers". Besides behaving like brats at the slightest sign of opposition, it's not enough for them to win a point: they have to rub their opponents' faces in their defeat. Hence the now-disgraced Navy captain. The vast majority of the screamers are virulently anti-Catholic.
If restricting the legal definition of marriage to heterosexual couples were ever ruled by SCOTUS to be unconstitutional—and Lawrence v. Texas gives us no reason to think they wouldn't—you can bet your hat and ass some screamers will try to find a way to leverage the decision against the Church in court. And Roe v. Wade shows us that even the plainest words of the Constitution and its amendments are no protection when five out of nine over-glorified lawyers decide they want to change society to their liking.
Our only protection right now is that most of the over-glorified lawyers on the bench right now are Catholics, even if "cafeteria Catholic" like Associate Justice Sotomayor.
That's not demonization. That's political reality in the West.