Across the country, citizens will vote on the future of American homosexuality.

Tension runs high in the sanctuary of Calvary United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, as a four-member panel debates homosexual rights.

The moderator for what was promoted as “a city-wide community dialogue” has asked audience members to refrain from applause or other interruptions. Even so, the sanctuary resounds with derisive laughter, hisses, and invective.

This group of Coloradans—including uncloseted homosexuals and conservative evangelicals—has gathered to debate Amendment 2, a statewide proposal to repeal city ordinances in Aspen, Boulder, and Denver that grant civil-rights protection to homosexuals.

The debate rages not only in Colorado Springs, with its plethora of evangelical ministries and conservative voters, but throughout the nation. Most local ordinances or statewide constitutional amendments will be decided during elections on November 3 or soon afterward.

Proposals regarding homosexuality face votes in a number of cities and states:

• In Oregon, voters on November 3 will determine the future of Ballot Measure 9, which, if passed, would ensure that Oregon law recognizes “homosexuality, pedophilia, sadism, and masochism as abnormal, wrong, unnatural, and perverse.” Measure 9 was proposed by the Oregon Citizens Alliance (OCA), a group composed largely of religious activists. OCA has already successfully proposed a similar city-level measure in Springfield, Oregon.

The measure is being opposed by Oregon’s evangelical senator, Mark Hatfield, who says the legislation would violate the principles of separation of church and state and of political-religious pluralism. “Spiritual values and morals spring out of the hearts and ...

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