On Lothar’s blog, he quotes an article where a Priest says this:
All the time I hear fundamentalists telling me that some people might have a pedophilic nature but this gives them no excuse for acting according to it.
This is obviously true, but they forget the main difference: it has never been proven that committed lifelong homosexual relationships are harmful in any way.
Okay, let’s pretend that homosexual marriage really won’t have any negative repercussions for society, but evangelicals still believe that romantic homosexual relationships are sinful. There is nothing bigoted about that.
It’s merely a prohibition against certain sex acts and a specific type of marriage. Religions have those types of prohibitions all the time. Having them apply to gay people doesn’t actually change that.
Not going to Church on Sundays isn’t hurting anybody, but it is required by their religion. Even if a prohibition against homosexual marriage/sex is only a religious requirement, deciding that it shouldn’t be because homosexual romantic relationships don’t harm anybody simply doesn’t follow.
Let’s even apply it to sex. Sex before marriage, when used with protection, hurts nobody. But nobody I know thinks having a religious prohibition against it is necessarily crazy. And with Catholics, it is Church teaching that if certain things aren’t understood before a marriage takes place – for example, being open to having children – then the marriage is not really valid. But nobody thinks that this is unfair discrimination towards people who don’t want children.
The logic of “it doesn’t harm anybody so religions shouldn’t oppose it” simply does not work.