The words gays, gaze sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do gays, gaze sound the same even though they are completely different words?
The answer is simple: gays, gaze are homophones of the English language.
Plural form of gay.
To look steadily, intently, and with fixed attention.
A steady, fixed look.
Definitions from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License, from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition and Wordnik.
Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.