Contrary to popular belief, gay as I am, I don't hate homophobes. It's more that I don't understand them.
I was reading an article a minute ago about a Japanese 3DS game called "Tomodatchi Collection: New Life" which contains some buggy code that allows for male same-sex couples to get married and have children (lesbians are not allowed, even with the buggy coding) and Nintendo has released a statement that they're going to release a patch that fixes this issue.
As expected, a lot of people have stated they won't download said patch in support of marriage equality.
Reading this article called to mind something I read a while back, roundabouts when Mass Effect 3 was coming out and it was revealed that you could make Sheppard go totally gay for Kaiden or some of the other male characters (I haven't played far enough into the game to know any of their names). There were several commenters (yes, I broke the cardinal rule of reading the bottom 2/3 of the internets) who were just APPALLED at this turn of events! Why would they want their manly-ass Commander Sheppard to be a gay-spaceman! That's wrong and gross and no!
I noted then that no one was really all that bothered about how FemShep could scissor any blue chick she wanted at any time throughout the series...how very telling, but I digress.
BioWare (the company that makes Mass Effect) has run into this idiotic train of thought before, particularly in the case of their other front-runner title Dragon Age. In Dragon Age: Origins there are four romance options; one male and one female exclusively straight options, and one male and one female bisexual options. In Dragon Age 2, there were another four and they were ALL flexible (there is a fifth in the DLC character Sebastian, the only exclusively straight character available for romance), and oh dear the amount of complaining.
Here's where the "I don't understand" bit comes in, and it is in the title of these characters: Romance Options. As in "you are NOT required to perform this action in any way shape or form". Indeed you can easily make it through the ENTIRE game without romancing a SINGLE character, male or female, straight or gay.
Why are you all so butthurt? Why are you complaining? No one said you HAD to fuck a dude in-game...it's not a major plot point, it's not required, you can skip it. No one is FORCING you to be gay! No one's even ASKING! For those of us who are and want our characters to be we can if we want...but y'know what we DON'T do? We don't complain (and haven't for the MANY years that video games have been chugging out of Japanese factories) NEARLY as much when we are forced to be straight.
I played quite happily through Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age: Origins knowing I couldn't romance the characters I was more interested in (because who doesn't just adore Alistair? Straight or gay, that's an awesome dude right there, you have to admit it) and it didn't bother me in the slightest. Second playthrough as a female character pretty much covered that situation anyways.
Why do they *care* so much? To put it on a larger, global, political scale (which you guys know rarely do), it's like gay marriage. Why are you so upset if I wanna get gay married? You do realize YOU don't have to have one as well, right? Like...it's not a requirement...
Don't watch gay tv shows, don't listen to gay musicians, don't watch gay movies, don't play as gay video game characters...all of these things are options completely within your control! You don't *have* to do it and you don't *have* to complain that it exists. If it bothers you THAT much, it's not *for* you in the first place!
If we can live in an almost entirely straight-exclusive/inclusive world and be fine with it then when we carve out our tiny little niches, you can shut up about it. How about that?