Being tolerant of something we do not like is painful. The tolerant and the tolerated must usually endure and unpleasant relationship. Imagine enduring stares and the nonverbal signals from someone who you know disapproves of you. That can become like enduring an obnoxious stench. We want it to go away, but it just won’t. All we can do is endure, separate ourselves from whatever it is that reeks, or destroy the source of the stench.
Affirming something we don’t like, however, is far worse. That demands hypocrisy from us. That demands a lie. Whereas tolerance just requires perseverance, if we are forced by those in authority to affirm something we know is wrong or untrue, we have to sell a bit of our soul to the devil or pay the price of being true to our beliefs.
Because it has nothing to do with procreation, there is no reason to expect two people of the same sex to form a long-term, stable sexual relationship. That’s not the way we were designed. When two people of the opposite sex come together and have sex, however, there is at least the possibility of having a child. Raising a child requires a serious commitment. The Bible uses the depth of that commitment, marriage, to model the relationship God expects us to have with Him. Because it is just a hypocritical pretense designed to hide a sin, same-sex “marriage” makes a joke out of marriage; it belittles that which we should hold sacred.
What happens when a society insist that people affirm truths they rightly should only be required to tolerate? Such societies must approve — affirm — liars.