I must say that I have very mixed feelings on the matter. As a jw, I was very anti-gay, discusted with the thought of it, found it abhorrent. So, after not having been under the influence of the wts now for 6 years + I had changed my attitude to some degree. My new bride's nephew is gay, nice kid,30 something. But he likes to flount his affairs, that he fell in love with a sailor in Hawaii. So, hey, let them live their lives I say. So, up until last August I had pretty much become accepting of gays as humans themselves, like me. No big deal. I'm leading up to something here, so please bear with me on this.
In the past 10 years or so, I have become more focussed on one's CHARACTER. I am very mcuh into searching out what a person is all about in their heart, what motivates them and why they do what they do. So, over the past 6 years or so, I have become an avid bowler, as some of you may know. I was bowling on 2 nights a week, one night with my wife on mixed doubles league the other night on a very competetive and very , how do you say, we had comeraderie? Anyways. It was a men's league and these guys were GOOD. So, I was invited to join a differant team after 3 years of the same team and I found the new team quite diverse. One head case, one loud mouth drunk old fart, one kept to himself but kindly. The fifth, the team captain,51, was gay. Nice guy mind you, didn't act out, no gay talk stuff like that. So, we all a good time, shot the BS alot, lots of beer, shots, just good ole guy stuff. So, last August, we were having our pre-season league meeting, just to see what teams were bowling again. It turned out, I was the only member of our team to show up?? So, I figured, no problem, the other guys never called to cancel so I figured we were all bowling that season. WRONG! I got a call about a week later from the loud mouth that we didn't have a team this year. It seems as though the captain had gotten arrested. Now, this was recorded in the local newspaper which I hadn't seen and is fact. On a warm sunny Sunday afternoon, he had a pot of speghetti sauce on for dinner and was fooling around on the internet. So, he decided to drive about 35 miles away to meet up with a YOUNG man, 14 I think he said he was , at a house that he was given directions by phone to, yes he called the YOUNG man as he referred to him. It turns out that 11 other men also showed up at the house to meet the YOUNG man, and they were all promptly arrested. Ya! Perverted Justice Organization Internet Sex Sting Operation!
So, my point is this....You never know what some one you may like or be associated with is really all about, character wise that is. Ya, I know, straight guys go after the young girls etc. Everyone has their demons.......Needless to say, my slant on gays has changed once more. I am much more cautious in how I deal with people, but you never know what ANYONE is driven by, do you?
Oh, he was tried and convicted on 2 felony counts and is now serving 1 to 15 years in prison.