Have to vote no.
As a conservative Christiain I beleive there a rules set forth by God because he knows better than I what is good for me -- he made me and knows how I would best function the rules are their to prevent me from harming myself. The Bible is pretty clear on this issue -- homosexuality is something God does not like at all. It is not the way he created us.
I dislike the term of the gay advocacy of 'homophobe' because it emotionalizes the issue and makes it difficult to engage in conversation on the issue because of the name calling from my point of view.
I have a rational problem with homosexuality because it is portrayed as natural. I have a few questions:
1) If it is so natural than why does it not naturally produce more of the human race? and 2) if it is so natural why does it involve the use of organs other than sexual ones or artificial stimulation to achive sexual activity? In a heterosexual relationship these things natually occur without artifical means. In Homosexuality this is not the case -- there is an aspect of artificiality to it.
Most of the 'love' I see in such relationships is reactionary as well -- it is a reaction to bad relationships with people of the opposite sex, not a love that grows out of natual causes. At best it is platonic and erotic, not true love at all in a 'agape' sense for your Greek people.
I do not have a problem with homosexuals themsleves but homosexuality is a sin to me. But I treat it as a pastor the same as I would drunkeness or adultery or theft or murder. It is a violation of God's commands and must be repented of. If homosexuals attended my church I would let them, but they must understand they won't be members any more than the guy who is the town drunk, nor are they going to be allowed to do things in front of my people in a way that offends others any more than the town drunk would be allowed to down a fifth of Scotch in front of the kids. Sorry, but I don't even let my heterosexual couples make out in the back pew.
To those kicked out of Chrisitan Schools for this -- duh?!? It's a Christian school and it is expected you will sign up for the rules as well as the education -- transfer out before you get kicked out! Show some intergrity and just admit you don't live up to the standards that they TOLD YOU IN ADVANCE YOU WOULD HAVE TO LIVE BY.
I would like to know why you are at war with tolerance.
I don't really think this is a fair question because I know how intolerant the homosexual side is of us religious folks -- we are expected, yea forced, to be tolerant of them but they don't have to be tolerant of our viewpoint. Tolerance is a myth -- no one is tolerant., Everyone is 100% biased toward their own position until proven otherwise through persuasion or arguement or reason or revelation from God or whatever. Tolerance is another emotionally charged idea designed to make the other side look bad by labeling in any debate.
The point is about gay marriage and based on the nature of this debate people should be free to disagree with it given the format -- even if they are in the minority like myself. 'Tolerant' people should be tolerant of this or they are not tolerant at all.
I am sad to see so many have given up on marriage but I think that is largely the church's fault for not teaching very clearly on what marriage was designed to be. My marriage is wonderful becasue I work very hard to meet the needs of my wife and she works very hard to meet mine. It is mutual self-sacrifice, not mutual self-enslavement. It was never designed to be about subjection, just mutual submission.
To the one who want to have an opinion on multiple partner marriages -- Yipe! most people have problems with one why would you want more.
Biblically, poligamy was allowed for men with multiple women but none of those situaition are ever presented as the ideal in fact most of them were bad. Be single and celebite, or married to one person of the opposite sex for life is the best. In such situations there are no unwed mothers, sexual diseases, emotional scars, etc. etc. Seems constricting I suppose -- but it is the safest route in my mind for people and for society.
As for gay marriage as a legal issue -- I don't think the state should force me to recognize something or do something I beleive is wrong. If they force me to marry homosexual couples or recognize them as married then I am sorry, they are violating my religious beleifs and in the US that means the First Ammendment. The state has told me to stay away from them on other things, I would kindly ask them to do the same on this issue. This isn't just a state issue it is a religious one and perhaps there is wisdom in just letting it lay.
Should homosexaulity be crime -- no. Shocking for some of my friends to hear me say that, but it is about religious issues, not a state one. The state should just let it lay where it is. The state really has no right to label it as a crime.
Let's see how much tolerance I get from the tolerant people now.