This not aimed at Gramps. I am just posting at the tail end here.
Each person in this country is guarenteed the right to the pursuit of happiness. That my church believes and teaches that the practice of homosexuality is a sin does not give us the right to interfere in the individual right of a homosexual to live his/her own life in his/her own pursuit of happiness. Neither the government nor the church has the right to interfere in any way. There should be no need for laws addressing this particular issue. The Constitution already gives everyone this right and anyone inhibiting a person's right should be prosecuted. Christians have only two interests in this subject...Jesus said to love everyone and He said to teach the Word of God. He did not say we have the right to persecute anyone who does not believe as we do. He made a comment to the Disciples that they were to just brush the dust from their sandals of those towns that didn't believe and move on. He also made references to our separation from the government ("Render unto Caesar...." comes to mind).
A person is born a homosexual. He is born a child of God. It is not a disease or a chosen way of life (who would choose to be a target for all the zealots out in the world?) You cannot make laws against something people are born with just because it's different from you. Isn't that what Hitler was doing? The person who was not blond-haired and blue-eyed was considered inferior. He didn't just kill Jews. He killed homosexuals, Gypsies, the lame, the mentally challenged, women who did not produce children for the Reich because of sterility. He wanted a world that was totally Aryan. A world where everyone was the same.
If our government can pass laws against one type of people then they can pass laws against any other group they don't understand. How about my grandson? He was born with Autism. He's different. He thinks differently from the norm. He sees things differently. And no amount of "treatment" is going to make him change. If you make it illegal for him to be Autistic then do we put him in jail for practicing "stimming"?
I do not consider myself liberal or radical. I consider myself to be more on the conservative side in my life. Upholding the Constitution and the BIBLE are not radical ideas. But it does take reading the whole BIBLE and not choosing verses out of context and it does take understanding the Constitution and not twisting it to suit your own agenda. The Supreme Court does a good enough job at that. And, it probably also takes understanding who those men really were who wrote the original documents and you won't find that out in a high school history class.
It's just crazy that anyone can think that our government should be involved in everyone's personal lives, telling them what to do with their own bodies, who they should love or not love, what they should think. I thought Republicans wanted less government. They are beginning to sound as if what they want is "1984" or "Strange New World".
Remember also that not everyone who claims to be a Christian really is. As the hymn says: "We Will Know We Are Christians By Our Love". Jesus did not say to love only those people who are just like you and you can understand. Understand that it is not always necessary to understand. Just love because God loves.