NGRIA and prabhjotbedi's answer together make it clear. Love is love. How one expresses that love is personal. I love my male friends, some of them intensely. I love the way the talk, look, work and support me. I love them with loyalty and praise and admiration. Some I would follow without question because I feel they will never lead me astray. In all my love for them and admiration of their physical beauty, I have no desire to have sex with any because that type of express of love is reserved for my heart who is my wife!
I love to love, but I express my love according to my relationship and cultural beliefs. I think all people do so.