Bad laws cause me to lose respect for the lawmakers and my "neighbors" who vote them in. After my recent move, I discovered that citizens of this state often try to legislate preference for their lifestyle. "Let's post the Ten Commandments in every public school classroom!" or "Let's stop big cities from restricting my right to carry firearms everywhere I go. Like into crowded public areas."

In such a homogeneous region, these laws are proposed when the vast majority feels threatened by a small minority of people who are slightly different. This is where ideas like "special rights" for gay people arise.