No one’s allowed to be heterosexual either. There’s no way to get such permission. Being gay is genetic. No permission needed. Same for hetero, lesbian, bi, trans or androgynous. There’s no right to be gay but there is a right to be left alone. There’s not a separate set of rights for gays or heteros, just “Rights”. The quotes are to emphasize that Rights are the way society is forced to conform to moral law. The idea of a “right” pertains only to action—specifically, to act on ones own judgment i.e., to freedom of action. It means freedom from physical compulsion, coercion or interference by others. The freedom to be heterosexual, gay, etc. Thus, for every individual, a right is the moral sanction of a positive—of his or her freedom to act on his or her own judgment, for his or her own goals, by his or her own voluntary, un-coerced choice. As to neighbors, an individuals rights impose no obligations on them except of a negative kind: to abstain from violating the rights of others, in this context to abstain from violating the rights of gay people. Negative rights apply to gays too. They have no permission to violate the rights of straight people. It’s neither the law nor the collective who’s in charge. It’s nature.