Mr. Brown appreciates the benefits of heterosexual marriage and pressures straight women athletes may feel on softball teams. He seems to be oblivious to the centuries of persecution gays have undergone and the stigma, demonization, pressure, bullying and lack of civil rights they undergo even today. Just a few years ago, a gay man could still go to jail for consensual sex? Gays are still regularly mocked. I have always been a supporter of gay rights and am glad we have come time where they can marry, serve openly and not worry about prison. I suspect in 20 years many conservatives will not remember that they were against it. That is the pattern for social change like this.