It's a matter of respect, and labelling the person as the problem doesn't do that. They do have the rights. If you disagree, which rights do you think they lack? You stated that they were not equal. Being equal is to be afforded all the rights that everyone else is afforded. If you do not think they are equal you must think that either they have additional rights, or that they lack rights (i.e. have had some taken away). So which is it? Because to many that stresses the problem over the person. More respectful. Maybe it doesn't matter to you, but in my experience it matters to those you're referring to. But we disagree, and that's okay.