the Bible is clear that the only rightful sexual relationship for which we were created, is a relationship between a man and a woman in the context of a legitimate marriage. Consequently there are times when Christians need to be free to discriminate against homosexuals in order to make it clear that we believe in the Bible’s teaching that homosexual practice is wrong.
I don’t get how they jump from considering homosexual practice wrong to ‘discriminating’ against homosexuals. One is free to believe and say that homosexuality is wrong but there are various reasons why this discrimination is WRONG:
1. Law: first of all, the legal system is primarily concerned with keeping the peace and ensuring that all have the same rights and freedoms, not with regulating matters of personal morality.
2. Facts: although I don't believe homosexuality is wrong, actions that can be deemed 'immoral' need to be seen in their context, they are not abstract concepts but acts done by individuals. People cannot be judged and condemned on the grounds of a rigid principle dissociated from contingencies relative to the case. For example, in a case of murder in self-defence, one could hold that the attack was immoral however justified in view of the circumstances.
3. Freedom of conscience: ironically, this group is undermining the freedom of conscience of all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation, to consider ethical issues in the light of their own morality or their own religious tradition. To allow discrimination against homosexuals on the grounds of a specific interpretation of a religious tradition is to legally recognise such interpretation over and above any other interpretation of the same religious tradition or of any other religious or non-religious tradition. Basically, not all Christians, Muslims and Jews would agree that homosexuality is wrong and/or that it is right to discriminate against homosexuals!
Personally I consider homophobia wrong and intrinsically misogynistic. The condemnation of homosexuality is often dependent on a view of masculinity as superior to femininity, where gender roles are clearly defined and where women are valued only as 'mothers'. All that aside, it would be interesting to see whether a B&B owner member of the ‘Christian concern for our nation’ searched for contraceptives in his/her customers’ luggage or checked whether his/her customers are by any chance adulterous.