Back in the day, Jesus hung out with prostitutes and tax collectors. This was an affront to most people, for they had very good reason to hate prostitutes and tax collectors. Prostitutes break up marriages. Tax collectors are agents of the oppressive state. When Jesus hung out with them, he was making a point: even if you have very good reason to hate a group of people, you should still treat that group with dignity. Don’t underestimate what a tough pill to swallow that was.
In the same way, Jesus would definitely be hanging out with gay people these days. You may or may not like gay people. You may find them icky. But if you don’t like them or feel they are a threat to marriage, then that’s precisely the group you need to focus on accepting. The point Jesus is trying to make here is that if you can love your enemy, even if you feel you have very good reason to hate them, then loving your friends and family should be that much easier.
But if you hate the Arizona legislators who are trying to claim religious freedom as grounds for the un-Christ-like law officially sanctioning the rejection of gays, then you ought to be considering the fact that those legislators are your personal “prostitutes and tax collectors” in the eyes of Jesus. Followers of Jesus must identify the group they despise most — even if they feel they have good reason to despise them — and then turn around and accept them.
Know your enemy.
Then dine with them.
And for crying out loud, read the gospels.