I got lots of gay friends, but I sure wouldn't want one of them to marry my sister!

But, seriously.
If the phrase 'gay friends' turns up in a debate, chances are it's a cheap ploy by a homophobe to demonstrate that he or she (let's face it, usually he) is not homophobic. Lord only knows why virulent bigots want to sound all sensitive and new-agey instead of proudly standing by their bigotry, but there you have it.

See also: black friends, women friends, jewish friends, etc.

That being said, please realize that I have lots of Christian Fundamentalist and other Social Conservative friends, and they're fine people, really. I just don't like to see them getting uppity.

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