NY Times reporter Josh Barro emulates fellow lefty Matthew Yglesias:
Anti-LGBT attitudes are terrible for people in all sorts of communities. They linger and oppress, and we need to stamp them out, ruthlessly.— Josh Barro (@jbarro) July 24, 2014
One can argue that Barro is talking about attitudes and not people, but there's that troublesome word he ends with, "ruthlessly." Because when the people with the wrong attitudes stubbornly persist in their beliefs, what acts do you suppose the ruthless will feel entitled to commit in the name of their righteousness?
It's still an article of faith among much of the political left that such nasty righteousness was purely a right-wing thing, especially among religious conservatives. The truth is it has always been deeply ingrained in so-called "progressive" thinking, and it remains so today even as it fades from most mainstream religions in the United States and Europe.