If you look at the term homophobia in a literal context it means the fear of something that is same. If you look at it by what it implies it is a fear of homosexuals. If you look at it in it what it actually is it is an ideology that promotes hatred as something that can be justified.
In this article the word homophobia is looked at and explained in a numerous of ways. It looks at it historically, literally, and in application and explains why it should not be used. By calling something a phobia you are explaining someones actions as an irrational fear they can’t control and are therefore almost justifying their actions. This article focuses on how the term phobia has been removed from the Associated Press in political and social context because it is used to justify political and social actions that are otherwise not justifiable.