I am not sure of this, but I feel somewhat safe saying that people who think homosexuality is wrong because the Bible says so, have not read much of the Bible. Either that, or they simply pick and choose what they will follow and what they will ignore, which says a lot about their belief in the so called "literal truth" of the Bible. What I am sure of are the numerous conversations I have had with a large number of Christians who are not aware of what else the Christian god directs people to do in the very same chapter which discusses homosexuality.
Leviticus 20:13 says, "If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their heads."
This is the verse Christians point to as proof that homosexuality is immoral. What I find interesting is how passionate they are about the first sentence, but just ignore the second sentence as if it isn't there. However the second sentence is quite clear. "They must be put to death..." Must. There is no room for equivocation or ambiguity here. Must. However, do Christians follow this? Well, very few if any in America do today, because our morality evolves, grows and changes. It gets better with time. Of course, things were far worse for gay people in America in the past than they are now. In other parts of the world, some cultures are continuing the take the second sentence quite literally. I feel safe saying that our present day morality in America is far better than the morality of the god in the Bible, who seems to possess an unquenchable thirst for human blood, from what is written in the rest of Leviticus and the rest of the Bible. Here is more of what god says in Leviticus 20:
Leviticus 20:5 says that if a man breaks god's law, not only will he be punished, but so will his family. Our society has come a long way from punishing children for the crimes of their parents, but apparently the Christian god has not, as he and his rules are unchanging.
Leviticus 20:9: "If anyone curses his father and mother, he must be put to death." Well following this sure would be a quick way to wipe out the human race. If this is true, god sure did screw up adolescents. I think most teenagers curse their parents at one time or another. Teenagers who do this are pretty normal. I'm not saying cursing your parents is right. I'm saying it's not abnormal or atypical.
Leviticus 20:10 "If a man commits adultery with another man's wife - with the wife of his neighbor - both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death".
Here's an interesting one: Leviticus 20:14 "If a man marries both a woman and her mother, it is wicked. Both he and they must be burned in the fire, so that no wickedness will be among you." Here, god isn't out for his usual rivers of human blood, but specifically wants the offenders burned alive. Now I know the one-two punch of polygamy and possible incest must really piss god off, but burning people alive for it? That is quite harsh by our contemporary standards of punishment. I'm also curious why the act of burning people alive prevents "wickedness" from being among the other people, outside of a deterrant. There are other verses in this chapter as well, talking about god's obsessive preoccupation and micromanagement of the sex lives of his children.
Leviticus 20:15 "If a man has sexual relations with an animal, he must be put to death, and you must kill the animal." Here's another example of god not only punishing the offender, but the victim. So if an animal is raped by some demented and apparently sexually desperate person, the animal is to be killed as well. As if being raped isn't bad enough. There's compassion for you.
Leviticus 20:27 tells people to stone psychics to death. Now I think con artists like James Van Praagh and John Edward are manipulative scum, but stoning/torturing them to death seems a little harsh.
My point here is that I don't see the Christians who treat gay people as less than human following these other rules of god, so why pick on homosexuals?
I'll finish by saying that my best friend is gay. He has been my best friend for over fifteen years. He is without a doubt the kindest, most caring, and compassionate person I've ever met and I feel so very lucky and honored to have him for a friend. I believe there is no Christian god or any gods for that matter, but if such a homophobic and bigoted god did exist, I'd want nothing to do with it.