Homosexuality and the Bible
I find it interesting that this discussion has pointed out the religious rights use of the Bible to justify the hatred of homosexuals. Yet what is being missed is the actual term "homosexual" did not exist in biblical times.
References in the old testament to men laying with men, or what today is being propagandized to equate homosexuality with sin, had actually nothing to do with people of the same gender actually falling in love with each other. The old testament was more about laws regarding rape and aristocracy, Leviticus was a set of laws regarding the survival of the species (i.e. the Hebrews).
No where in the New Testament does Jesus condemn homosexuality. Though in his time it was common place for the Roman elite to have sex with boys. So much of the homophobia we see today is because simple passages were taking both out of historical and biblical context to be exploited.
It is sad when those who claim to be Christian use Christianity for harm. But historically the organized church has been a male dominated organization assuring continued male domination. Homesexuality is a threat to this concept because by nature there is a demonstration of male vulnerability.
Alas, the words of the Lord throughout history have been altered and exploited to the ends of evil.
And it is true we must continue to pray and understand that the Lord, in whatever form you believe in the Lord, is a true and just being and that truth and justice will prevail over the evil that is being done using the Lords name and word.
The equality of Civil Marriage can only be sanctified by the state. The church - like a parent - can only offer its blessing or its condemnation.