If you have a deeply held religious belief, please by all means don’t do something that would directly violate that belief. For example, if you do not think that gays should be married, then by all means, do not marry someone of your sex.
For all the other stuff, please:
SUCK IT UP
DEAL WITH IT.
I mean this in the most respectful way I can. I’m assuming you are a citizen of the United States, but this would apply to many other people as well.
YOU HAVE TO INTERACT WITH THOSE AROUND YOU.
If you work at the Gap, you cannot refuse service to a black person, or a gay person, or a Catholic, or an Episcopalian, or whoever else comes in. You have your beliefs, but there are many others around you that may or may not share those beliefs, and you do not live in a place where only those who believe as you are allowed.
THOSE AROUND YOU HAVE TO INTERACT WITH YOU.
If you go to shop at the Gap, you may be served by a person of deeply held religious belief, or a gay person, or a black person, or a Catholic, or an Episcopalian, or whoever works there. If you have a friend who works there, by all means give him/her your business. But otherwise, there are those around you who may or may not share your beliefs, and you do not live in a place where only those who believe as you are allowed.
I posted a short while ago about conservatism and extremism. Only wanting to deal with those who believe just as you do is one form of non-compromise that is extremism. In this secular, non-homogeneous society of the United States, people of every stripe have worked on the roads we all travel on, in the stores we all shop in, and in the places we gather, including sports, church, youth groups, and the like. You, and those who are also in that gathering area, have to interact. You do not get to live in a world, or even a state, or a county, or a town, or a neighborhood composed only of people who think like you.
If it’s really that important to you, gather your like-minded friends and buy an island. Otherwise, suck it up.
The best advice for people to take is Live and Let Live. If what another person is doing does not affect you in some material and negative way, then suck it up and deal with it.