I don't think anyone is suggesting only gay people should be protected from discrimination. Businesses should not be allowed to discriminate based on race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation, etc.
And that should apply whether you're a white, Christian, male, straight, conservative or a black, lesbian, muslim, communist.
The only reason you feel like this is giving people "extra" rights is because you don't need to worry about businesses discriminating against you. It is the very definition of privilege.
NO. Don't start with me on that. "Privilege". That's just a way of marginalizing the argument without actually ADDRESSING the argument. It's not "privilege". It's that I don't go into any store with the expectation that I SHOULD be served or I HAVE to be served. I HAVE been denied service for various reasons, some my fault, some bullshit, and guess what? No lawsuits. No complaining on Twatter. No calling the establishment "racist". I take my business elsewhere, and if I can't find my business elsewhere I make do. "Privilege" is just the same entitlement that anyone else has, without the luxury of a "minority" or "special class" tied to it.
My dad. Handicapped since he was about 30, 35 (severe rheumatoid arthritis). Until some breakthroughs in treatment, I used to have to put his socks and shoes on for him in the morning to go to work, and most days I had to help lift him out of his chair. I can remember him coming home from a job interview, and telling my mom "doesn't look good; they said they wanted someone more 'healthy'". Guess what he did. Call a lawyer? Nope. Whine on Instachat? Nope. Complain to the higher ups in the company? Nope. Give that business one star on Yelp and tell all his friends not to buy their goods? Nope. He opened the newspaper and kept looking, until he finally DID get a job. Period. And that's the lesson I took from that. EVERYONE has an excuse at some point. You either rise above or you don't.
Now, I'm in no way shape or form saying that the entire world has to "suck it up, butter cup", as there are real egregious cases of discrimination that have to be stopped. No question. I also am not saying that ALL laws in this regard are unnecessary, or frivolous. Without question, if I do Job A for $x,000, and a woman is doing Job A, they should be paid $x,000, full stop. That's not at all what I'm talking about.
But once we incorporate the "entitlement" mentality into those laws, we're fucked, and in my opinion, we already have (and the "privilege" argument is predicated on the "entitlement" mentality). The laws ought to minimize the possibility of "wrongs" from happening; it should not be establishing a new set of "wrongs" to be adhered to.