Gigi Chao, the daughter of a high-profile Hong Kong businessman, eloped with her partner to France. Her father took issue with the fact that her partner is a woman and publicly offered $65 million to any man who could convince her to leave her lesbian relationship.
This situation has many sides to it, but it highlights the fact that homosexuality remains a controversial issue. Most importantly, it explains why gay rights activists continue to feel the need to fight for their rights in a world that considers them undesirably abnormal. (Homosexuality is abnormal, but so is being left-handed.)
NBC News explains that Hong Kong does not consider homosexuality criminal, but it also does not allow legal marriage for same-sex partners. In other parts of the world, like Uganda, homosexuality is punishable by death.
Gigi Chao's father's reaction to his daughter's sexual orientation shows that legal recognition is only the first step toward true acceptance of a homosexual lifestyle, which is, in fact, a very personal, private matter that appears to have very little bearing on the state or any level of government.