I join others in thanking Mike Crowe and David Hall for setting a civil tone in the public discourse on same-sex marriage. I greatly value living in a place where people can voice disagreements while respecting opposing viewpoints, and I appreciate the Advocate-Messenger's unbiased publication of letters on both sides of the issue.
As a Christian (and a faithfully married heterosexual) I agree that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. To understand Scripture, I read Biblical passages in context with appropriate interpretation and strive continually to increase my understanding of God. For example, Leviticus 18:22, often cited as a passage that condemns homosexuals, is part of a long list of damnable sins that include (Lev. 19:19) wearing a wool sweater with khaki trousers, or (Lev. 19:27) shaving facial hair, or (Lev. 19:28) using lipstick or eye shadow. The Bible is full of such lists, and I hope none of us will want to condemn to an eternal lake of fire those who feel no remorse from eating pork (Lev. 11:7), or males who are not circumcised (Lev. 12:3). Going beyond a face-value reading of these passages is not "picking and choosing" from the Bible; instead, it's an appreciation for the necessity of understanding the context behind the passage.