It is also negated by her actions. She lobbied hard to get people to vote against marriage equality. That by definition means she does not "treat everybody equally" or want them to be. She literally tried to ensure that same-sex couples are not given the same rights. Add to that, conversion "therapy" that she espouses ie. gay people need to be fixed because there is something fundamentally wrong with their orientation.
Bigots come in different forms. Do you live in a cartoon world where the people with extreme views are ranting and raving at a street corner about the end of the world?
I'll hold judgement on the racism thing until Rollo comes up with a quote. She may have shifted her thinking on that but I think we have enough to conclude that she is a raging homophobe.
Personally, I feel that people are entitled to a personal opinion on the matter. Members of the LGBTI community can garner their support for the bill by wearing rainbow, donning flags and attending rallies, then of course posting a "yes" vote. They can speak out on social media etc. By the same token, it should be ok to oppose the bill, and even talk about reasons for this. This particular story where a woman was sacked by her boss for posting "It's ok to say NO" on a facebook post highlights that we can sometimes go to extremes:
I do not expect Margaret to support the bill or apply favour towards it. Why would she? But I don't see her decision as anything more than a personal choice or preference. What I will say is of course there are various ways one can voice their opinion. Margaret can sometimes be a little too direct and this can come across the wrong way. In her mind, her convictions are strong. This comes from part of her upbringing. Remember that members of parliament were against a bill for gay marriage quality only a few years ago.
I think that these days, "progress" seems to come about quickly and in waves, but we tend to ignore tradition and the impact it plays on how people respond to issues such as these. My father for one is not religious but he holds onto an opinion that he believes marriage should be just as it was, between a man and a woman and finds gay unions strange. I can totally see him getting a lot of backlash if he decided to post something like that on social media. Yet this is an opinion that is shared by many across the nation, not because they necessarily dislike gay people, but that they disagree with some aspects of their lifestyle, especially something as important in society as marriage. To them, that's the normal. I tend to feel the same way regarding say the case of Osaka's grandparents from her mother's side dissenting to the marriage of her parents. These days we find it really awkward that parents could be so narrow-minded to disown their child over marrying a black man, but there's a lot of culture that creates that. Understandably, moving away from the status quo is very tricky and takes time. Something that was socially unacceptable has become the norm and it's going to butt some heads especially at the earliest stages of change.
These days, I anticipate the youth who attend church (Christians/Catholics) will be better informed about these issues and how to deal with it in a more compassionate way even if they disagree about some things. Margaret is definitely experiencing a bit of culture shock and may not know how to deal with it in the way we socially accept and expect not having had this exposure in the past. I don't think that she deliberately applied her status in order to speak about this, my assumption is she was simply approached to say something, interview and just gave her mind. Not excusing that she may have offended some people and acted insensitively, as members of the Westboro Baptist Church did, but campaigning against gay marriage, or disagreeing with it (which is the major point you brought up) is in her right, and basically anybody's right if they vote, and that in and of itself isn't hate to my mind.
Question: is it at all possible to oppose gay marriage, even be vocal about it and not be considered hateful towards gay people, and if so how can that be accomplished?