I am LGBT.
I am also a member of a religious faith whose doctrine regarding sexuality and marriage is essentially that God ordained both of these things to only occur between a man and a woman. And I have faith that this is what God—the creator of all things, including sex and marriage—has ordained, and that this “traditional family” is what is best for the human race–His children–in the long run, whether we understand all of His mysteries or not.
As part of both groups, I am troubled as I see members of the pro-LGBT community attacking the pro-traditional-family community for promoting or living their beliefs. Those in the LGBT community believe they should be allowed to promote the lifestyle they believe in. Likewise, those in the religious communities should be allowed to promote the traditional family lifestyles they believe in. The LGBT community is allowed to have parades and conferences. The traditional family community should be allowed to as well.
When members of the LGBT community hold an event promoting their lifestyle, are they being hateful of those in the traditional family community? No!
Likewise, when members of the traditional family community hold an event promoting their beliefs they are not being hateful either.
I’m not saying that there is not a single hateful person in either community, I’m just saying neither group as a whole is being hateful of the other group. Both groups are just trying to live and promote what they believe. We need to allow that.
And just as the LGBT community feels they should not be forced to do things against their beliefs, the traditional family community should not be forced either.
Just as a lesbian caterer should not be persecuted or prosecuted for refusing to take a job catering a pro-traditional family event, a caterer who is a believer in the traditional family should not be persecuted or prosecuted for not taking a job catering a lesbian wedding.
Let people live their beliefs!
Many bring up past discrimination, how historically the LGBT community has not been allowed a voice or toleration of their lifestyle. Lets let it go, and build a better future. One where there is mutual tolerance and love. Not just intolerance in the opposite direction. Lets have a tolerant community instead of a divided community. We can have differences and still allow each other to live and promote what we believe. That is real equality.