The French mathematician and physicist, Blaise Pascal, once said that "Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction." One of my greatest frustrations (in working within the church as an advocate for peace and justice) has been the ability of people who claim to follow Jesus, the Prince of Peace, to (seemingly) so "completely and cheerfully" try to reduce the humanity of their fellow children of God.
That anyone would argue against people exercising their human right to engage in a private, loving relationship in which they choose to raise children amazes, but does not surprise me. That Christians would do so simply repulses me; it is antithetical to the life and teachings of Jesus. Beyond that; when the church starts meddling with the state, attempting to pass laws that cross the line between church and state, it walks a slippery slope.
Perhaps the centuries of empire invading the sanctuary have muddied the waters, confusing Christians about that dividing line, which, in the United States is as much about protecting the state from the influence of the church as it is about protecting the church from the influence of the state. Is the ongoing persecution - and this IS a form of persecution - of those with a sexual orientation that does not please some akin to the Inquisition, and other religious-based episodes of persecution throughout history? Is it not really just hate repackaged by misguided religion?
Photo Credit: Proposition 8 Protest in Boston City Hall Square, Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bethaleh/3032584185/.