Actually I think legalizing their lifestyle would, in fact, make things better. And accepting them would make it better.But I wonder...
Would legalizing their lifestyle make that any better?
Would "accepting" them make it any better?
To relate this to something else...I am so very glad that the civil rights movement took place. I truly am. But I also see how even now (again, remember that I am in the deep south), those who live around me are still "angry" about their past...and their perceived future...and their present state. It's like they can't win.
If we relate this issue to the civil rights movement, I think one reason why some people are still angry about their past, future and present state is that prejudice and discrimination is alive and well. Is has improved over time, but it is still something that is felt very keenly by minorities of many races. It is all around you. It is found in the current restriction of voting rights, racial slurs regarding our president, stop and frisk, etc.
I have good friends who are LGBT, however this is not the main focus of our conversations. I also have a child who is LGBT, and it is not the focus of our conversations. It is a big focus of mine because I love my child and I am worried about the consequences and attitudes she will have to deal with when others find out about her orientation. In church or out of church. It is also a big deal because the suicide rates are much higher for youth who are LGBT. We have lost many wonderful loving children of our Heavenly Father because of our lack of understanding and acceptance.
Turintumbar, I agree with you that gay marriage/rights are being touted as a major threat to our church/country. In reality, since we are interested in families and strengthening the family, since LGBT couples will be together and have children in many cases anyway, wouldn't it be good if they could have a marriage situation which would provide more stability in their relationships and wouldn't that in turn be better for our country? Personally, I feel that if the church wants to attack something that is harming our society I think focusing on reducing pride, selfishness, greed, judgment, etc. would serve it better. Focus on loving one another and following Christs' example. I think that is one reason why I have a great appreciation for Pope Francis. He seems to be more focused on being a disciple of Christ.I am very concerned that the continued emphasis on a siege mentality surrounding gay issues is harming LGBT people in the church and out of the church, and is preventing us from becoming a Zion people.
I do think the current dialogue from some of our church authorities is harming our LGBT brothers and sisters and their families. It is very difficult to go and feel a part of church given the current rhetoric.
I know to many who do not have a LGBT family member or close friend it seems like this topic is being overly discussed. But from those in this minority equal rights is a very big deal, akin to the civil rights movement. When you can be fired from your job simply because of your sexual orientation, which is still the case in many states, prejudice towards our LGBT brothers and sisters is a subject that definitely needs to be talked about.
Turintumbar, I have great respect for you and your devotion to the gospel and your desire to remain faithful.
I do take hope in some of the changes that have been taking place and the attitudes of many that are changing for the better. Mormons Building Bridges also seems to be a step in right direction. The many Mormon based groups advocating for the LGBT community is very uplifting. LGBT members need to feel supported and loved, especially if they are to remain in church.