Thank you Jon and Pete for your own gracious way in which you have asked and answered questions. In truth I am far from gracious myself but I do beleive that great things can be acheived when any opposing sides truly delve and discuss their differences.
I respect, for instance, the way you have explained how Christ, being a Jew, would have gone along with the laws the time in respect of his forebears BUT he also said "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another" and it is in that respect I see an almost paradigm shift in the presentation of love and forgiveness.
I truly believe that if Christ were alive today... no, allow me to rephrase that as many beileve he is and I respect them their belief... If Christ was here on Earth today he would not condemn gay people or them wishing to be married. I have to believe him to be a compassionate and merciful man if I am to believe of him. How could any omnipotent creator of something come to take aways it's rights when he is said to have designed the very thing himself and yet still love it? The genetics behind homosexuality - if we invoke a creator - have come from that creator. If he made a mistake in design then that would make him imperfect. We are told he is perfect so I have to believe he made homosexuality come about.
I also truly believe, insofar as I believe or want to believe at all, that Christ should be the embodiment of fairness and equality. I cannot see him treating one differently than another. I sincerely hope that is the case but it is not my intention to crush toes by standing on them here, rather to share other's footwear and try to walk a ways in their shoes
Thank you for being open minded within the confines of your own beliefs. It's not easy to take a stretch sometimes in crowded space. I respect that a great deal