by Chris Bodenner

Dan Savage draws distinctions between Andrew Marin and the evangelical pastor who wrote to the Dish. Dan's larger point:

I have no beef with evangelical Christians who support full civil equality for gays and lesbians despite believing that gay sex is a sin. Heck, I'll personally mow the lawns of evangelical Christians who are willing to refrain from actively persecuting gays and lesbians. I've said that it's a mistake to get into arguments about theology with people, and that people have a right to their own beliefs. I don't care if someone thinks I'm going to hell when I die and I'm not going to argue with him for the same reason I'm not going to argue with someone who believes that I'm going to the lost continent of Atlantis when I go on vacation.

All gays and lesbians want from evangelical Christians is the same deal the Jews and the yoga instructors and the atheists and the divorced and the adulterers and the rich all get: full civil equality despite the going-to-hell business. (And isn't hell punishment enough? Do we have to be persecuted here on earth too? It's almost as if they don't trust God to persecute us after we die. Have a little faith, people!)

Scores of readers wrote in with similar sentiments, and I wish I could post them all, but Dan really does say it best.

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