Intolerance is defined as an unwillingness or refusal to tolerate or respect contrary opinions or beliefs, persons of different races or backgrounds. A bigot is someone who acts or thinks in an intolerant way.

There are intolerant people on every side of a debate or issue. No group or philosophy has exclusivity on appropriate behaviour; every organisation, people group, philosophy or religion has people who represent it poorly. That is a reality of being human. There will always be differences. What matters is how those differences are resolved.

Having the freedom to resolve differences is EXACTLY what this Declaration is about.

Can you tolerate the Declaration? Tolerance does not require your endorsement. Just because you might not endorse or approve of it will not make you a bigot (intolerant). It just means you think differently. Similarly, the authors of the Declaration may not endorse or approve of something you believe in. They may still tolerate your opinions and you individually. Difference of opinion does not make bigots.

To be sure there are many pains that we wrestle with, many disappointments and many challenges. The issues of life and relationship are very real, very significant and very sensitive. They deserve respectful, significant and sensitive dialogue and solutions. They deserve to be handled with love in a world that has freedom of speech, religious freedom, a solid social structure built on marriage and family, as well as a foundational commitment to the value of life.

Disagreements do not make a bigot. It is what is done with disagreements that makes one intolerant. Having the freedom to resolve differences is EXACTLY what this Declaration is all about.