Captain America for Gay Marriage.
GOD DAMN now I want this fic. Because in the fic, Steve spends weeks watching a bunch of bigoted assholes use him as a symbol and says nothing, because SHIELD is trying to come up with a flawless, infallible way of spinning the fact that Captain America is against assholery without offending anybody enough to get their funding pulled.
And then Steve goes on live TV and says THIS.
And then he walks off the set and kisses Tony.
There are a few out there; there’s one on AO3 where he’s asked to speak at the Republican Convention and stands up and tells them all where to shove it. My personal favourite is Scifigrl’s “Phil Coulson Is Not The Avengers’ Public Relations Manager” where Steve ends up accidentally joining a Marriage Equality protest.
“You maybe shouldn’t be photographed here-” Drew started, and Steve lost his temper.
“Thanks for the consideration, and I’m trying not to take offense here, I really am, but if I had an issue with where I currently was standing, I’m old enough to move. I don’t have any problem with being photographed here, in fact, give me a dang sign, and I’ll be photographed holding that, and it’s kind of insulting you think that I would have a problem with being photographed here,” he said, shoulders tight. “I think that denying any American citizen a basic right of any kind is just an EMBARRASSMENT for everything that this country stands for, and the sooner we get over this sort of exclusionary political nonsense, the better.”
Drew stared at him. “I want to hug you. You are the most adorable human being in the entire world,” he said, at last.
“The terrifying thing is that he’s completely sincere,” Tony said, making everyone jump, because he had appeared out of the gathering crowd without his usual chaos. Probably because everyone was busy watching Steve make an idiot out of himself. He had a hot dog in one hand and large flat case slung over his shoulder. He tipped his head forward, eyes dancing behind the lenses of his glasses. “C’mon, Cap, you have to tell the rest of us when you’re going to go out to fight for social justice, it’s only fair. We’re bored, too.”