Firstly, I don't "dislike" homosexuals. I don't go out of my way to dislike anyone. In fact the Gospel would encourage me to do otherwise.
All I do is disagree. I don't agree with same-sex marriage, because I genuinely believe that a child is better off with a mother and a father. Despite continued attempts to ignore the fact that there's been quite a lot of research done into the significance of parental gender roles since 1980 and even before then - it is not a lie to say that there is quite a bit to suggest that children raised with both mothers and fathers benefit as a result. I'm not going to deny that.
As a Christian, I also believe that the right place for sexual expression is within a marriage, but ultimately that has as much significance for me as a single heterosexual male as it does on anybody else. I need to live as God has called me to, and I believe that God has commanded us as He did for good reason, and that He has our best intentions in heart.
I can hold these views without "disliking" anyone. I find it bizarre that some people think that if I don't applaud their views that I'm intolerant. It's bizarre because if I said that if atheists don't applaud the fact that I believe the Bible, and I go to church that they were bigots, people would regard that at best as silly.
Or even on this issue, if I said that if you don't applaud what the Gospel says concerning marriage, or if you don't applaud the reasons why I think marriage should remain between a man and a woman that you are a bigot or intolerant. You'd say that was silly at best surely?
The same applies to this issue. Just because I believe that marriage should remain between a man and a woman, and indeed I think this is beneficial to society doesn't mean that I "dislike" homosexuals. Or indeed that I'm unwilling to accept that others disagree with me.
I can't and won't applaud what I don't agree with, and I don't see why that makes me a bigot or how it makes me intolerant.
I'm wondering where -exactly- anyone, anywhere, ever asked for you to applaud this.
What we are saying is this. Homosexuals are people too. And they have every right to the exact same rights as you or I.
Do I applaud the Gospel or other Holy Texts. Nope, I never have and I probably never will.
Do I agree with racism, Nazis or even quite a lot of the overly 'feminazi' types (as they are known), not a chance.
But, I do respect your, and their, right as a human being to be who you are, freedom of speech and treated as an equal even if I don't personally agree with it.
And -that- is what it's about Phil. Equality, and the right to be treated as an human being.