Take the following passage from a News & Observer article about NC's Amendment One:
Gaffney said she was not against homosexuals and has gay and lesbian friends. But she does not want them to have the right to marry.While those who use the 'I'm not against homosexuals -- I have lots of gay friends" line tend to believe they are doing the Christian thing by fighting marriage equality, what everyone else hears is this:
“If America doesn’t get back to God, we are going to definitely be lost,” she said.
"I am not against homosexuals, it's just that they're wicked, sinful, and hell-bound, and I believe their rights should be restricted."
Sorry, folks, but you're either with homosexuals or you're against them. You either accept the overwhelming scientific evidence which shows us that sexual orientation is determined by genetic factors, brain structure, and early uterine environment, or you simply ignore it and continue to cling to the Bronze Age view of homosexuality as abomination. (Those same folks believed epilepsy was caused by demons.)
And no matter how much you try to convince yourself and others that you have gay and lesbian friends despite your discriminatory views, you might want to reconsider just how they view your friendship. People usually don't think too highly of 'friends' who consider them to be abominations unworthy of equal rights under the law.
"I really like you, but you are part of why America is lost. You are leading us away from God, and I am working to ensure that your rights are limited."
With friends like these, who needs enemies?
Stop trying to candy-coat your bigotry, folks. Free yourself. Admit it. You really, really don't like gay people and you want to see them suffer.
Tell us the truth. It's the Christian thing to do, right?