Being an election year in the United States, it's no shock that many of the biggest homophobes of 2012 were politicians. The presidential election runner-up Republican Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan easily made the list with their opposition of homosexuality, not to mention their gaffes which subtly offended a good portion of the country. Other Republicans and Tea Party members only added fuel to the fire with politicians and pundits like Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann and Ann Coulter each sharing their firm beliefs against homosexuality in the spotlight.
Just like with the biggest homophobes of 2011, homophobia certainly wasn't limited to individuals in 2012 with companies and other organizations getting in on the hate. Fast food chain Chick-fil-A defended its "family values" despite calls for boycotts. The Boy Scouts of America made news by banning gays from being scouts or scout leaders. The Westboro Baptist Church continued to spew hate with their vulgar signs and statements. One Million Moms, an organization of tens of thousands of Christian moms attacked everyone from Ellen DeGeneres to JC Penney to Oreo for their support of gay rights in 2012.
Despite all of the hate speech and bigotry exhibited by these biggest homophobes of 2012, there were some big accomplishments for equal rights during the year. President Barack Obama, who endorsed gay marriage, was reelected and three states, Maine, Maryland and Washington, voted to legalize same-sex marriage.
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