For the record, I am a member of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).
A number of misconceptions I’d like to address —
The gay marriage controversy equals interracial marriage controversy strawman: This is, as I said, a strawman. There is NO parallel here, other than the unfornuate fact that interracial marriage was once illegal. I deplore that that was once the case, and I fully support interracial marriage now. And this is comparing apples to oranges — interracial marriage is still a marriage between a man and a woman.
Statements that I want to discriminate against gays or that I want to "insulate" myself from them (???): No. I do not. I believe that gays should had full access to all the civil rights that our country provides. Marriage is not a civil right. I don’t really want to get into that right now, because it’s 1 am CST and I just don’t have the power for that after a week’s worth of school. As for insulating myself, no, I fully expect to interact with all sorts of people in my day to day life and I look forward to it. I have yet to have prolonged interaction with a homosexual person (to my knowledge), but I certainly don’t fear or abhor the thought.
Something I feel I should make clear — if gay couples want to be couples who make a life-long commitment to eachother, and hold to it publically, that’s fine. I will support that. If they want me to treat them as a unit, ok. I can respect that. If they are raising a child and I am that child’s teacher, then I will meet with them both and attempt to treat them no differently than any other set of parents. BUT — marriage has been defined since prehistoric times as between men and women — sometimes more than one man and woman, yes, but always men and women. What I object to is the government redefining a pillar of communal life that is thousands and thousands of years old to include something that was never supposed to be a part of that, and then forcing me to treat it as if this was how it was all along. It’s telling me that I have to believe in something that I believe cannot exist.
And NO, I would not be happy to interact with all those people that Suzanno listed. My morality is that 1. I am an honest person, and if I’m going to refuse someone my business on ethical grounds, I’m going to be honest about it. 2. I believe that gay marriage is an oxymoron, and therefore, I’m not going to act in my professional life (I am none of those things, by the way) that it can exist.
As to the example of Christ. Christ IS my example. I would encourage any of you who mentioned that I should reread the New Testament, do so as well. I do, on a daily basis. This is what I find: "Do not think I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them, but to fulfill them." Matthew 5:17, if you’re interested. The Law and the Prophets = the Old Testament, in case you were unaware. And most Christians I know draw a distinction between ancient Israel’s political and ceremonial law, which set them apart as a special people and governed their specific nation, and the moral law, which is given as a standard for all followers of God throughout time. The prohibition of homosexuality falls under the moral law. If you’d like a New Testament reference to homosexuality, however, 1 Corinthians 6:9 is pretty succint.
It has been really difficult to pursue this topic in the face of allegations that I am a bigot, not being Christ-like, afraid of/wanting no association with gay people, etc. I have shed tears and said prayers over my participation in this thread. I have tried my best to be as honest and loving as I can be, but I simply could not let these things pass by without letting you all know what I really meant. I really try to live by 1 Peter 3:15-16 "…always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect." I truly do apologize and ask for forgiveness of anyone on this thread that I have not treated with gentleness and respect.
I do hope that I have answered your questions, and I would ask that if you have further ones, to address them as questions and not as assualts on my character.