I'd like to address your comments below, one by one:
Yes, gays and lesbians have a choice. Our choice is to be honest with you and others about our sexual orientation, or to lie to you, others and our families about it, and hide it.<quoted text>Maybe you missed my point. My point is they do have a CHOICE. Everyone is affected by thier chemical makeup.
More and more gays and lesbians are choosing honesty.
Yes - we do. Being gay, is no different than being straight, or being bisexual. We are - what we are.<quoted text>
ALL have urges and desires.
Lying about our sexuality, OR
Hiding our sexuality, OR
Repressing our sexuality, OR
Ignoring our sexuality,
... will NOT CHANGE who we are! We will still be gay.
Child molesters commit a crime.<quoted text>
Child molesters, Arsonists, Addicts, those who cheat on their spouse, those that over eat....all these are affected daily by their chemical make up and all have one thing in common.
Child molesters attack a victim.
Child molesters cause reprehensible harm to a child.
Arsonists commit a crime.
Arsonists destroy personal property.
Arsonists can easily endanger or kill people in the process.
Addicts commit a crime.
Addicts destroy themselves.
Addicts can easily endanger or kill other people in the process.
Those who cheat on a spouse commit adultery
Those who cheat on a spouse cause reprehensible harm to their relationship
Those who overeat endanger themselves.
Those who overeat can destroy their own lives.
Gays and Lesbians do not commit any crimes.
Gays and Lesbians do not create a victim.
Gays and Lesbians do not endanger themselves or anyone else.
Your comparisons are simply not analogous!
Why should ANYONE deny their sexual orientation?<quoted text>
They have a CHOICE to deny self or endulge self.
For what purpose?
For what benefit?
For what greater good?
For who's benefit?
But none of your 'choices' listed above are analogous to being gay or lesbian, or marrying the one consenting adult of your choice.<quoted text>
All of these CHOICE's have consequences. Some are outright illegal, some have long lasting social and economical consequences.
Galileo was arrested for declaring the Earth revolved around the sun.<quoted text>
Homosexual acts used to be illegal.
Many things "used" to be illegal.
Women couldn't vote.
Slaves couldn't marry.
Indian's couldn't own land.
Blacks couldn't marry whites.
Blacks couldn't attend any school, then couldn't attend a white school.
Blacks couldn't ride in the front of a bus.
Blacks couldn't drink out of a white water fountain.
Farmers couldn't plow their fields to the borders.
Women couldn't wear Gold or Pearls.
So what if being gay was illegal in the past? We KNOW BETTER NOW!