If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads– Leviticus 20.13. Oh my God they want us dead. Seriously, guys, do you really read that and want to make arguments from it? If so, what do you think of “Exposing the source of a woman’s flow”, v18?
About six Bible passages are cited against gay people. Have a look at the poverty of homophobic arguments:
Genesis 19 has all the men of the city of Sodom, both young and old, surrounding Lot’s house and shouting, Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them. Well, I know gay bars can be a bit rowdy, but one rarely sees gang rape there. In my limited experience, that is, please correct me if you know better.
Romans 1. Paul notes that Rome is filled with temples, and reasons that the inhabitants have clearly seen the nature of God. But instead they worship images, v23. Therefore God gave them over to shameful lusts. Paul is talking about idol worshippers, not gay people. Do read on to chapter 2, though: at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Paul evidently knew that the most vitriolic homophobes are the ones who are suppressing their own sexuality.
For 1 Timothy 1 we have to delve into the Greek. We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10 for the sexually immoral, for those practising homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers…
At first face that looks like pseudo-Paul arguing like the homophobes: “homosexuality, paedophilia and bestiality”, they say, as if these things were comparable. Instead, he uses the words pornoi, arsenokoitai, and andrapodistes, the third word meaning slave traders or kidnappers. What have slave-traders to do with gay sex? Well, they enslaved men to use as prostitutes, much as Moldovan women are enslaved now. Pornos derives from the verb pernemi, to sell, and it refers to those who sell sex. Arsenokoitai, male-bedders, is a rare word, but appears to mean those who use the male prostitutes.
That footnote: The words men who have sex with men translate two Greek words that refer to the passive and active participants in homosexual acts, say the editors, falsely. Instead, they translate arsenokoitai and malakoi: prostitution again.
Lastly, a Biblical argument of equal validity to the arguments against gay marriage. A Friend in company began to talk in support of the slave-trade, and said the negroes were understood to be the offspring of Cain, their blackness being the mark which God set upon him after he murdered Abel his brother; that it was the design of Providence they should be slaves. I am mortified that “Friend” here means Quaker: this is John Woolman’s journal. See page 213 for Woolman’s refutation, and also the argument from Ham.