When school age children watch videos that tell them it's perfectly "normal" to be gay, that's not tolerance. I'm not talking about helping a teenager accept his sexuality mind you, I'm talking about these kinds of things aimed at 5 year olds. It happens all the time. Gays are in the minority by a huge number. It is not normal whatsoever to have them in the majority or even equal in number. Sexuality exists for the purpose of human procreation. It is a fact that some people (and for that matter animals) are gay and therefore "different" in a manner of speaking. Trying to pretend that being gay is natural and normal as being straight is ludicrous. By the very laws of nature, it's not.
That said, I know many gay people and I have no, I repeat no ill will towards them based on their sexuality. However, I think that because of certain aspects of our culture, some do in fact choose to live as gay. While we can debate whether being gay is a choice or not, we cannot debate that being a minority race is not a choice in any capacity. So your comparison there is somehwhat flawed.
Once again, the only right I oppose for gays is the right to marry. It changes the definition of marriage. Since we're willing to change it for being gay, why not change it in other ways? Why can't we marry more than one person, for example? Maybe that's a genetic difference too. I mean, after all, some animal species have multiple mates. Maybe we should have a tolerance campaign and marriage rights for those folks too.
I have an 8 year-old daughter. The day that she can go to school and the INSTANT she is faced with questions about sexuality (whether that be at 5 years old or 15), she either knows nothing about it, or everything about it, is the day the "gay agenda" is a success in terms of education.
It is a fact that children from a very young age are taught by society that being gay is WRONG. Until that is no longer a fact, there needs to be someoene else out there pointing out that such claims are bullshit. You cannot have equality at any age when only one side has a voice. The difference in the "sides", however, is that the anti-gay side states that being gay is WRONG WRONG WRONG! while the tolerance side makes no such claims about heterosexuality.
So at this point, if an 8 year-old is given a book called "My Two Daddies", then it is a good thing. It does not tell them that being gay is wrong or right, just that it is acceptable and a part of life, and a part of society, which it is, no matter whether it's 10% or 2%.
There is absolutely no pretense whatsoever, that being gay is not a minority trait. Just like ther is no pretense that being American Indian is not a minority trait. Yet we are bombarded with the anti-gay message constantly, whereas we have finally progressed enough that most people no longer claim that black people or Mexicans (well except illegal immigrants) are bad (they used to - we just grew up as a society).
"Sexuality exists for the purpose of human procreation."
Only someone completely non-sexual in nature can make such an ignorant statement. You must either be really, really fat, or really really ugly in this day and age to not admit that sex has much more social importance than procreation.
"It is a fact that some people (and for that matter animals) are gay and therefore 'different' in a manner of speaking. Trying to pretend that being gay is natural and normal as being straight is ludicrous."
Um... is it just me, or does everybody welse not notice that those two sentences are completely contradictory?
Is being American Indian not as natural and normal as being white? No one is pretending anything. It is natural, as you admit. It is therefore normal. Or do you not understand the meaning of those two words?
"However, I think that because of certain aspects of our culture, some do in fact choose to live as gay."
Fact: You cannot "choose" be gay if you're not gay. However, bisexuality does exist. A bisexual CAN choose... and (get this) SHOULD HAVE THAT RIGHT. But a homosexual cannot choose. Nor can a heterosexual. I know because I'm a heterosexual man and would choose to be bisexual if I could, but I can't. I am just biologically not attracted to men sexually.
All of these are... NORMAL. And even kids need to either know this, or be ignorant of sexuality altogether. I don't think the latter is possible in this information age.
"Once again, the only right I oppose for gays is the right to marry. It changes the definition of marriage."
Liar... for one, you just said that you oppose the right to teach tolerance in schools. How about adoption? I bet you oppose that as well. Am I wrong?
And no, it does not change the definition of marriage. It changes YOUR definition of marriage. Marriage is, and will always be a sacred and legal union of two persons. That is the most basic definition. It is only in recent times and in religious context that any further "definition" has been made, by people with an obvious "anti-gay" agenda.
Now in times of poor prosperity and high mortality, there is a reason to promote heterosexuality. This is why it was once adopted as part of society. In addition, every religion wants to grow its ranks as fast as possible, to increase revenue and power. This is the reason religions frown on homosexuality.
Whenever you look ad social opinion, you should look into the reason behind social opinion, and consider whether such ideas might no longer be beneficial in the current context.
In a rich society, where birth rates are not just satisfactory for growth, but excessive, there is no reason to promote procreation. There is no social benefit to having as many babies as possible. So a non-reproductive relationship, which can provide other benefits, should be welcomed. We are no longer in the "bad old days". We can now afford the luxury of the tolerance of homosexuality.
I'm seriously saddened by the lack of thought you put into your position here, and I hope you can reconsider the following ideas:
1) In a period of prosperity, homosexuality harms neither society nor any individual.
2) No one is trying to convert straight people to become gay.
3) No one is forcing you as an individual, to change your own beliefs, just your actions which may harm others.
4) Gay marriage would be the only way to allow the same level of sanctity in genuine loving relationships between two consenting adults, who, as you admit, were born different.
5) Integration of homosexuality into society can accurately be compared to integration in terms of gender (sex) or race.
Please take a moment to ask yourself, "Who does being gay actually HARM?"
The answer should be "no one". If it is not, then something has to be fixed so that it is.