How is it not a lifestyle? If not a lifestyle, what is it? Give me a detailed and specific breakdown of why lifestyle is not proper for these relationships but an accurate description for hetero relationships?
Read my 2 previous responses to you and the ones to the guy from Texas (carefully, no judgements while in midsentence) and you have the full answer. If you’re not willing to do that, it’s because LBGTQI sexual identity status should be equal to that of heterosexual people. But it is not in reality. So, equal protection is required for equal treatment when buying things.
Regardless of your intent, calling it a lifestyle systematically designates LBGTQI people to lower status compared to straight people. And, equality is not where it needs to be. So, emphasizing the civil rights and equality of LBGTQI people is essential. (Your challenging me on this reminds me of when people argue for saying All Lives Matter instead of Black Lives Matter). I guarantee you that heteronormity ensures that you and I will be just fine. Also, I rarely if ever hear of heterosexual relationships referred to as a lifestyle. (And I never said this). Me thinks you’re having false equivalency and/or comprehension issues.
…the need to be directly involved, intimately, in the event and people who are celebrating a lifestyle that goes against deeply held moral beliefs.
I never said directly involoved — that’s your term. Equal access to goods and services does not mean a merchant has to join in on some nefarious LBGTQI orgy. Sales involves business transactions. That’s it. No soul-searching or God forbid, “recruitment.” Just sell the damn widget and be done with it. Seems simple, but the religious right loves to project their emotional, irrational beliefs of inequality on other Americans.
So, my answers are here if you really are serious about understanding the other side of it. Being LBGTQI is driven biologically but cannot be compared to criminal predators (with severe mental disorders)such as those you mentioned. You are aware that being LBGTQI is no longer considered a mental disorder by DMS-5, right? That was years ago, and never should’ve been there in the first place.