Maybe the reason Steve's still hanging around is that he's not dead, just in stasis of some sort (and doesn't realize it) and astral projects when Thor tries to summon him? Because I insist he deserves a long happy life, and barring that going straight to Valhalla when his time does get cut short. The minute of silence was touching, though.
(Also, when you say Cap is a liberal in terms of social issues like homosexuality, most of our responses would be slightly self-explanatory, since this is Scans_Daily: Of course he is, how could he be otherwise when he's clearly got it bad for Tony? ;P Or was that just me thinking it? Shutting up now.)