So you wouldn't let your sixteen-year-old son or daughter take a date to the school dance? The movies? A church social? Gee, even the most strict fundamentalist churches sponsor forums for teens to date and enjoy companionship.<quoted text>
If I had a 16 yr old teen, living under my roof, eating from my table and wearing the clothes I bought him or her, and footing all the other bills that go along with raising a child, that child will not go through a deprogramming camp, should they announce their gayness. Neither would they be practicing their gayness at that emotionally immature age. Neither would a hetero child of mine age 16 yrs. 16 is simply too immature an age emotionally to be able to handle a sexual relationship on a mature level with all it's consequences.....and no, they don't get to do it a for fun either. It's too serious for that.
Being your kid would really suck. You'd undoubtedly damage the kid who would spend decades of his adult life recovering and hating you for the damage you did.
But hey! There is no requirement that people be fit parents before they bring children into this world. So chances are you'll have an opportunity to inflict pain and suffering on an innocent kid for twenty years or so before he's able to leave his miserable family behind.