Yes, actually it does. Some kids do get beat up just because a family member is gay, and they try to stand up for them (or not). People are mistreated for a lot of unnecessary and unfortunate reasons.
(imagine how you might be treated if you had to live with the public knowledge that your father has a boyfriend)
I imagine it's no different than the public knowledge that my father was a drug addict, I have less money than most of my friends and that my mom miscarried.
Does homosexuality really disturb people this much?
You've got to be kidding me.
Then stop the bullies and combat the violence. Why should the innocent party have to change just for the bad party? I feel bad for people like you. That's like telling a Black kid during the Civil Rights Movement to bleach his skin so that bigots don't bully him, or a woman not to be beautiful so she doesn't get raped.
Am I the only one who sees the stupidity here?
Hang on a minute, James. You originally said:
Anyhow, this is one of those personal feelings vs. legality issues. Personally, I don't like homosexuality or support them, yet, at the same time, I don't support stopping them from doing what they want or harassing them (since they aren't harming anyone but themselves), because the one thing I hate even more than homosexuality is a police state.
All I've done is point out that others can and do get hurt because others have engaged in homosexual behaviour. Please don't think I approve of the bullying or violence in any way. It isn't right, but it happens.
Like you, James, I "don't support stopping them from doing what they want or harassing them". I disagree with your idea that this type of sinful behaviour is without farther reaching consequences.