Thank you for the thoughtful response. I would like to point out that the vast majority of the conversation today was not aimed towards you. I give respect when I am given it.
First of all, going back to your initial question. I would be found guilty if I robbed a bank and had to stand before a judge. There is no doubt in my mind about that. I worked for a bank a few years ago, and I filled in for a week for a woman in a branch that was shot during a robbery. She was pregnant with twins at the time. I don't believe that she ever returned to that branch. I was quite scared working at that branch, but I needed the money. I know the reality of a bank robbery.
You and I both agree that a bank robbery and sexual orientation are two totally separate things. I would never rob a bank because it is against the law. I don't even go more than 5mph while driving because I don't want to get a ticket. I don't want to suffer the repercussions.
However, the ticket that I would get if I sped, and the prison time I would get if I robbed a bank is something real and tangible that I would not be able to avoid. I wouldn't be immune to those consequences. I don't believe in the consequences of your religion. We both know that we have two separate belief systems, and for sake of argument, let's just say neither of us is more or less right or wrong than the other. You are allowed to have your religion, just as I am allowed to have mine. That is not my concern.
My concern, once again, is the apathetic people. People who, as I said earlier, don't really care either way. They don't necessarily believe that homosexual actions are right, but don't really have a problem with them. Typically they either have a gay friend, family member, neighbor, or acquaintance. These apathetic people are the most dangerous. You know where you stand on your beliefs. These people typically don't. They go to church on Christmas and Easter, and pray when they need the money to fix their car or when someone is sick. They are the ones that get scared when the hardcore Christians demonize homosexuals. They are the ones who, as I've said before, end up letting prop 8 happen. They believe in the consequences. And when they step into that voting booth, or hear some homophobic person bashing someone, they don't think of their friend or family member or neighbor or acquaintance. They remember that a gay person is going to turn everyone gay, and that it wasn't Adam and Steve, and that the kids are all going to turn gay, and that we're all going to get AIDS.
Ultimately, they can't rationalize because of all the hate that has been pumped into them. Not always by hardcore Christians, but also by the media. But that is a whole other rant! ;) And that is when people get hurt.
You obviously can rationalize and realize that they aren't demons out to ruin the world and your religious morals. But there are other people who can't. And it is those people who really, really scare me.