A reader writes:
You say, "The vast majority of gays are already protected." Wow. Aren't you completely overlooking the fact that, according to the map you provide, the states that do NOT have these protections are also the states (UT, ID, MT, most of the Deep South) where bigotry and hate crimes against gays are presumably the most likely to occur? And also the least likely to pass this sort of legislation at the state level? That's why federal legislation is necessary.