What is also new is the gradual understanding in this country about the damage that hate speech disguised as God's love does to a society. Bigotry kills, it's just that simple. While the Maggie Gallaghers and Fred Phelpses of the world may not be the ones throwing the punches or pulling the triggers, they and all of those who think like them and follow them have blood on their hands every time a desperate and lonely queer kid endures another beating from a bully or ends their own life.
The 2009 Lifetime movie, "Prayers for Bobby" is based on the true story of a gay teen who took his own life because of his mother's closed mindedness. Sigourney Weaver stars as a grieving mother who waits until it's too late to confront her own faith-based bigotry.