Not so long ago, an article was published regarding a new law that had passed in California, one putting "Gay History" into the teaching curriculum. Like most news that involves the gay community, this article garnered a widely mixed response. After much careful consideration, and reflection, a realization dawned, and it is this:
Homosexuals are not "a people", not in the sense that African-Americans, Jews, Native Americans or Gypsies are "a people". It makes no more sense to call the non-heterosexual people "a people", than it would to join the fight for Alcoholic Rights. Homosexuality is not a genetic trait, though many homosexuals state they were "born that way". Not any more than Alcoholism or Pedophilia are "genetic" traits.
Homosexuality is an orientation, a preference, and a behavior, much like Alcoholism, and not unlike the claims of pedophiles that have gone on court records stating "they can't help themselves", that they have a preference.
We accept pedophilia as "wrong", much like in days of old, when homosexuality was considered "wrong" (and even today many bible-clutching right-wingers will still make this claim), but pedophiles are not granted any special protections. Even the thought of a "Pedo-Rights Parade" would make most peoples' skin crawl, and send others searching for their shotguns - and the majority would likely agree with either or both of these positions.
An effort to host an "Alcoholic's Rights March" would likely be dismissed as "just plain silly" at best. A "Beastophile Rights Movement" would likewise be met, at best, with a sense of general revulsion, and few would jump on any of these bandwagons to agree that these people, who engage in a behavior, who have a particular preference, should be granted any manner of special rights or protections.
This is not to say that homosexuals are "the same" as pedophiles, beastophiles, alcoholics, or the like - they're clearly not. But to say they are "a people" is a fallacy at best. Homosexuals already have the same Constitutional Rights that everyone else is afforded. The only difference being, unlike heterosexuals, homosexuals are not, in most states, permitted to wed. But at the same time, the pedophile is not permitted to wed either. Nor can a man marry his sheep. Two alcoholics, of opposite genders, and of the same species may wed, and the pedophile, alcoholic, and beastophile can all vote, run for public office, serve in the armed forces, and enjoy all the same protections and rights our laws allow.
Now I am not unsympathetic - personally, I agree with Thomas Jefferson, that we are all "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.", and if sticking it in... whatever, is what makes someone happy, then so be it, but I am appalled at the notion that one particular group should be given a protected status while others are excluded. I don't think anyone's bedroom behavior is grounds for any special protections or considerations, as this is simply none of anyone else's business.