Klipspringer: And in 5 years time you will be saying, gay marriages are legal, so why allow the churches to discriminate and not allow a gay marriage in church.
Because a belief system shouldn't be making decisions for someone else's life that's not in that belief system.
The state is and should be neutral.
Giving rights to homosexuals do not take rights away from anyone else.
Someone's rights end where someone else's rights begin.
Where the state is not neutral in terms of religion we see fundamentalism showing its ugly head.
Replace "gay marriages" with "segregation" and you will see it's the same discussion.
I know someone with a gay son, who was extremely shocked when he found out. Not that it was overt, he didn't want to see the signs. But when it was "official" he freaked out. After years he realised the gay son was still the son he loved. He made peace with that. And his gay son now lives in a stable relationship with a divorced man (horror, shock) raising the 12 years old girl (horror, shock) from the partner's previous failed straight marriage.
They are doing a much better job than some segments of our citizenry who beat their kids, sending them to Starship hospital (when they get help) or just kill them after a drug and alcohol fueled night.
Just read about the number of straight couples that kill their kids in New Zealand and you will see that being straight doesn't mean being "normal".
Being "normal" is loving each other, accepting and understanding.
And this is my last intervention in this discussion.