This is an interesting article, in that it highlights some of the misinterpretations of Scripture as used to justify discrimination against Gay people.
"Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, said, 'I can’t, for the life of me, imagine that God would say, "I will punish you because you are black — you should have been white. I will punish you because you are a woman — you should have been a man. I punish you because you are homosexual — you ought to have been heterosexual." I can’t, for the life of me, believe that is how God sees things.'”
Hopefully one day the Brian Cooks of the religious world will finally be able to emancipate themselves from toxic "religion," and flee oppressive and discriminatory churches, and stop giving them and their clergy any credibility by in any way attending such churches or supporting them through their financial contributions.
As you might know, for many years I have been advocating the need to remove tax exemptions from all churches and denominations. And the fact that, for example, the Mormon Church may well have donated at least $20 Million, and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops gave at least $200 Thousand, to seek to write discrimination into California's Constitution, and sought to harm countless Gay people and their families by so doing, further demonstrates the basic unfairness of allowing citizens to subsidize the religious beliefs and even hateful actions of any religious institution.