I have attended church since I was a child. As an adult, I have worked for the judicatories of several major protestant denominations. However, I was a middle-aged adult before I learned that there were African-American Christian churches that were opposed to homosexuals. It was never a part of my experience that African-American churches were opposed to any groups of people.
I believe that all beings are sacred in the eyes of God, but whether one is conservative in one's beliefs is not the question. The question in this case is not whether one believes that certain individuals have the right to marry or not, but that one understands the separation of church and state. This has always been a problem for many Americans. While most agree to it verbally, they have a hard time accepting it in their hearts.
Frankly, I don’t think that the people are entirely to blame for this. There would have been no need to remove prayers from school, if the powers-that-be had been clear in their defense of the Constitution and not allowed prayers in schools in the first place. The same is true in every example where a violation was permitted.
We can’t keep getting things mixed up. We do not excuse people from paying taxes because of their sexual preferences. So, as taxpaying citizens, they are entitled to every right and privilege as any other taxpaying citizen. As far as I’m concerned, it's a matter of civil rights.
As far as marriage itself is concerned, many people do in fact consider it a religious ceremony. If the people are religious, then I see no reason why it should not be. People, of course, have the right to say who may be married in their church and religious leaders have the right to say who can be married by their pastors or priests.
I’m far more concerned about individuals hating other people and causing them physical harm than I am about people loving other people. It seems to me that we should be finding ways to dissuade people from violent behavior. Nowadays, people seem to turn on members of their families as easily as they turn on strangers. It seems like hardly a week goes by without us hearing about some grisly crime committed by someone against a member of his or her family.
For a long time, people were primarily concerned about single people living together outside of matrimony. Now they are concerned about people of the same sex who want to get married. When they get everyone settled in the roles they want them to play, perhaps they can start working on people getting divorced.
At this point, I really feel lucky that I have only my own problems to worry about. At the present time, Harry Houdini seems to relish in his bachelorhood. So far no one is objecting to neutering for cats.
I’ll quit while I’m ahead.