I'll state my position on the whole matter one more time, and then let it drop: A religion is a personal thing. Everyone is entitled to believe, or not believe, as they see fit. For example, Orthodox Jews demand that their food be kosher, which they are absolutely entitled to do. But they cannot demand that everyone in the city/state/country follow the kosher rules as outlined in the Torah. They cannot even force other Jews to eat Kosher if those people do not wish to, for whatever reason.
Similarly, the Mormon faith demands that Mormons wear holy underwear
, but it would be wrong for them to start demanding that everyone
start observing this religious expectation. Their holy documents make a demand, and it is each and every Mormon's choice and religious decision of whether or not to do this.
Can they provide social pressure? Sure, that can happen for anything
, and often does - Talking on the cell phone while on a bus, or wearing white after Labor Day, for example, will get some people to consider you uncouth and uncivilized, and may result in some negative treatment from others. But it's not a law, so there's no reason that you can't
... except that other people say
you can't. There are plenty of other things, even new ones, that are getting social pressure against them. But that doesn't mean that those people, no matter how much of the population they may be, can use their beliefs to force you to follow them.
It is a Christian conceit that everyone
must follow their religion's rules (not solely
Christian, but as Christianity is the dominant religion, they certainly have more opportunities to engage in this officious demand). There is no reason that a Christian demand that people not engage in homosexual acts should ever
flow over to people who aren't Christian, or even that Christians must force other Christians to observe and obey this law.
And yet, this is something that our government has had some difficulty in applying properly. Despite the First Amendment's laws regarding religious freedom, there's been blindness about dealing fairly with non-Christian religions. Thanks to the Communist Scare in the 50s, several government agencies started making changes to things to follow a Christian view - the currency had In God We Trust
replace the previous slogan, E Pluribus Unum
; the Pledge of Allegiance
had "under God" added. Other things have been done, and made into law, because of the common belief that "everyone" was Christian.
Scientific studies over the past few decades have proven pretty categorically that sexual orientation isn't just a decision, isn't just something that people can "turn off" just because a law, or an authority, tells them that they cannot do it. Criminalizing "gay-ness" (or homosexual acts, if you prefer) does not make people decide to just be straight. As such, it's improper (and, arguably, immoral) for a government to be making these demands on someone's behavior, or making laws that only
apply to this subset of the populace.