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I totally agree with this. It's sort of trampling on Christians to demand they allow Gay Marriage (rather than just gay civil partnership). Don't know why you are getting mod jumped, when other posters are calling each other insensitive bigots and whatnot.
While you're right in principle about forcing Christian churches to marry gays, I think it comes with the territory of Christianity intruding itself on the secular world, and in general the history of the united states. In essence, many institutions of the state have the christian religious flavour to them, and when christianity seeks to actively control or be involved in state control, I'm not surprised when the State assumes its co-identity with the church.
And, as its been stated before in this thread, there's is so much more really gay, flamboyant heterosexuality out there, on your TV, in the street, that to complain about gays expressing themselves, no matter how crassly, after being repressed in history as a whole, and in each individuals lifetime, is just petty to me. Get over it.
Change the channel, keep walking, or you know, suck it up.
In my city theres a gay pride parade. A couple streets are closed, various people have fun. For that one day, I don't go to that part of the city. Not a big deal.
I can't imagine what it would be like to have one of your strongest drives demonized and publicly denigrated, and have to repress it and feel like an abomination. Looking at the matter, psychologically and socially, gay identity has been created or brought to the fore precisely because it has been repressed by society. When your sexuality is marked, when the society around reduces your identity to your sexuality, you internalize it. You become a '***' and mainly a '***'. In a more accepting environment the fact that you were gay would not figure so prominently in your identity. Now, you can either accept that being a '***' is a bad thing or you can turn that around and be proud of it. Either way, affirmative or negative, many gays have had their sexuality become their identity through this process. So when you see gays parading around flamboyantly, it isn't just a fact of their flamboyant nature, but a combination with the reverse, a repressive social environment creating and concentrating that identity.
Also, it shouldn't matter if there are few annoying people. When you allow an example of the minority skew your picture of the majority, its called prejudice. Its not up to the people acting flamboyantly to curb their enthusiasm but for people to realize this behaviour should have nothing to do with the equality of homosexuals.