Wow. I can't believe how long this thread has gotten before I saw it! I have to say that it warms my heart to hear the positive responses of those here. I too, am a Christian, and oh-too-familiar with the blind-eyed rejection one finds in the conservative religious community. As pretty much the only thing that a heterosexual won't find themselves tempted to do, loving someone of the same gender is an easy target for being labeled a sin. Funny how Jesus never said a word about it. I'd guess that if it were that important for every modern society reading the Bible, He'd have said something.
All that aside, Tweety, I am so sorry your friend had to experience that. It's a sad case of what happens every day in this country. I hope and pray that soon all will have the right of marriage.
Hushdawg, I know where you are coming from, because I grew up in the environment you profess. Homosexuality was rarely discussed, and only in hushed terms, described in vivid detail...the debauchery of the "homosexual lifestyle"...the conversion agenda, the pedophilia (which BTW is a overwhelmingly heterosexual problem.) We boycotted Disney when they embraced "the gays." We boycotted McDonalds when they began offering domestic partner benefits. This is what I grew up in. Christian America has NO IDEA what the gay community is. Chances are they know someone who is gay, but chooses not to let them in on it. If gays weren't allowed in church, music programs and entire choirs would cease to exist.
The issue of gay rights has come to an interesting breaking point. This is beginning to polarize America as we know it. The younger generations are growing up with a fierce sense of independence, an unprecedented level of tolerance and a love of equality. We've seen the results of Feminism, the Civil Rights Movement, etc. This is it all over again. Except it's US this time. The LGBT community knows no race, gender, color, religion, age. On one hand, we have the conservative religious community (and I include all religions here...) shaking their heads and wagging fingers at the LGBT community while their teenagers leave the church in droves. Sex scandals rock the religious community, divorce is rampant. You have Fred Phelps and Westboro Baptist Church picketing the funerals of veterans who lost their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq, claiming that they died as a result of gays and lesbians. Picketing the funeral of Matthew Shepard. Screaming that he is burning in Hell.
On the other side, you have families and friends of gays and lesbians, who see that they are real people just like everyone else. They brush their teeth and go to work. They read the newspaper in bed on Saturday morning with their partner just like they do. They have families, weddings, funerals, playdates, parties, laugh, cry, just like they do. They are human too. These allies/friends/families are helping make America a safe place to be LGBT. They, along with their loved ones are helping change the hearts and minds of the American people.
You don't decide to be gay. You don't wake up one morning and suddenly say to yourself, "I think I'll suddenly be attracted to men, even though it may mean a lifetime of rejection and hatred." You wake up in the morning just like every other person, and know who you are. Asking a gay or lesbian person to remain celibate, because same-sex sex is sinful is like buying a hammer, and putting it in a museum. There is pretty much only one thing you can do with a hammer. You could TRY and shovel your driveway with it, but it's not being used for what it was made to be.