A response to someone who is analysing the effect of unjustly operating laws on minorities in developing countries:
I agree that this kind of intolerance and bigotry and inequality can indeed occur even in developed Western nations, but as you are observing, if it happens here it is being done subtly, but the uneven application or effect of particular laws, and by common law interpretations that are archaic, or by pathetic and weak excuses by the legislators and legal authorities who raise up all disingenuous excuses for not doing anything, which really indicates in my view that they do hold bigoted views but aren't saying it. one of the lamest excuses by our Attorney General is that the law in question is available for everyone and is not targeted against gays and can be used by men or women, which completely ignores the fact that a man using provocation as an excuse for bashing his wife to death would be not acceptable to the community and a woman bashing a man for a low level unwanted pass would be met with complete horror. The attorney general here says 'we can't go changing laws lightly becuase of petitions' but then in other cases says, 'we must take into account communuty standards and expectations.' which means that in effect he is saying that they listen carefully to some groups within society and give weight to their needs and concerns and ignore or minimise others due to some undisclosed and unjust internal standard that i suspect is actually bigotry, ignorance and a hatred for what they see as merely a 'gay agenda' you are on to something with this. In the west, you can still be (sadly) bigoted and unequal, but in the West, it has to be masked with a thin veil of democratic rhetoric and excuses (usually which are inconsistent and illogical and contradictory) but which are minimally plausible for the audience, but don't stand up to rigorous analysis.