First, not all media are "ignoring" the issue. This morning, in fact, NBC had an interview with Sharon Smith and her lawyer. I wasn't paying much attention (the only good thing about the Today show is that the local NBC affiliate has a better weather forecast than the opposition) but I do recall seeing her on screen with her lawyer, and the text at the bottom was "Sharon Smith" with the subtitle of "Partner of Diane Whipple".
Second, I do agree there's still a substantial amount of discrimination against homosexuals. That's unfair, and it's unfortunate. But it's hardly the only or the worst problem.
Ever been a pagan in a small town? Or black in a white neighborhood? (Even in the "we aren't racist" northern towns - I know, I grew up in one.) Hey, how about being a trans-sexual damn near anywhere?
How would you like, a few years or decades in the future, to be a clone at a grade school?
Another example... There's a case near Seattle of a 13 year old boy who is a convicted sex offender. He's being treated various ways - therapy, and so on - and continuously guarded. He's in a foster home with trained foster parents, with alarms on all doors and windows, homeschooled, and constantly under surveillance.
The entire neighborhood of the town he's in has been picketing and protesting, demanding that he be removed. They don't care where - more than a few of the signs, some held by kids, simply demanded that he be "locked up". (Funny, I could have sworn he was locked up...)
The fact of the matter is, we all still hate the green monkey. OK, actual physical violence is much rarer than it once was, and it's somewhat more likely to be prosecuted now than in the past. But the problems are still there, and they aren't going to go away until we actually find the root of the problem.
Which is within us. Discrimination has a very simple purpose - it makes us feel better. It makes us feel safe, as is the case with the local boy above. It makes us feel superior - "they can't do this job". It makes us feel better about ourselves - "it's not my fault I'm out of work - it's those damned <insert race here> stealing our jobs".
Can we fix that? No, not really. Maybe someday, when everyone is equally wealthy, equally beautiful, equally capable, then it'll happen. Shortly after the NHL championships are held in Hell, and monkeys fly out of Dana Carvey's ass.
What we can do, is stop acting on those feelings. Individually. OK, your religion believes homosexuality is a sin. That's nice, dear. Mine says you're an agent of the Devil-God of Turnips, and as such I must destroy you. Would tomorrow be convenient?
Oh, now it's a problem. OK, gotcha. Tell you what. You stop paying attention to other peoples' bedrooms, and I won't slay you with a ritual fondue fork. That's all it takes. Before you vote to pass a law prohibiting behavior, or campaign to remove a book from a library, or try to prevent someone from having the same benefits you enjoy, just stop and ask why you care. In other words, before trying to stamp out homosexuality, ask the question - "are they trying to sleep with me? Or force me to only sleep with other men/women? Or steal my children?" The answer to all of those is no. So why do you care?
And if you don't, I still have the fondue fork...