I could be making a blunder by "coming out" on this one - but here goes. I don't see the big deal.
Now, don't get me wrong. I believe that we should derive our ethics from Scripture and a good case can be made that same-sex relations are unacceptable for the people of God - but not actually as good a case as we sometimes make out.
Take, Leviticus for example. I mean, come on! When else do we turn to everyone's favourite book to discover acceptable practices for today's Christian? Do we really wanna get out ethics from this book?! Even if there wasn't the problem with using Old Covenant law in a New Covenant age, I'm not sure passages from Leviticus would apply. It looks to me like the homosexuality under discussion here is ceremonially-cultic. Only someone who's never actually known a gay couple could confuse sex between two men to arouse a foreign god with the tender, selfless companionship of many, many gay relationships.
And let's not even talk about Sodom and Gomorrah! How can we look at an incidence of gang-rape and say that it demonstrates that God would not be happy with a loving gay relationship?! The funny thing is that elsewhere the OT itself makes it clear that the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah was not homosexuality. Surely we all know that?
Now, none of that means that there aren't other verses that would apply. And even if we decided that there were no explicit prohibitions that we could apply to loving gay relationships today, we would still need to consider theological principles and hermenteutical spirals. So, I'm not saying that there isn't a discussion to be had - just that it might be less one-sided that we often suggest.
But when are we gonna talk about greed or envy or pride or lack of love? We all pay lip-service to such things, but that's just not good enough. We beat the hell out of gays and spit in their faces call them names and warn our kids about how evil they are! And we smile nicely at the couple who tithe generously but refuse to talk with the people in church from the wrong side of town.
We accept so many sins because they work out well for us, or because to condemn them would be condemning ourselves. The reason I think that we are so quick to condemn homosexuality is because we (straights) know that there is no risk of us falling into that one. I can preach against it and condemn it till the Cows come home because I've never felt that beating in my heart when a guy walks into the room or brushes his arm against mine or looks in my eyes. I've never known that feeling of free-falling as my emotions are all up in the air over some fella that I can't stop thinking about. So, I can safely call it filthy and an abomination and the Devil's work and tell how sick those poofs make me.
But, greed? Phew, tread carefully there, brother. We don't wanna upset the tithers. More to the point, I don't wanna say anything that will come back to haunt me or convict me when I get alone with God. Better play safe and point the finger elsewhere as usual.
The funny thing is, Jesus seemed to take an opposite approach. He seemed to think that the comfortable and privileged could take a bit of offence - they had something nice to fall back on after all. He had plenty of opportunity to condemn prostitution and to point out the dangers of sexual promiscuity - and maybe you think that he did. But he spent far more time pointing the finger at the greedy and love-less and proud. Maybe he can spot dangers there they we have yet to see?
At the end of the day, I guess I'm an aging hippy. Whatever happened to preaching love? And if you feel that condemning homosexuality is an aspect of that, you go for it. But surely it comes quite a way down the list. I think I'm gonna stick with Augustine who said, profoundly, "Love God and do what you want." Now there's a biblical ethic!