...religious conservatives will not recognize that homosexuals deserve equality based on some inherency of their sexual identity; they will expect them to battle their homosexuality to lead a "moral" life. And homophobes, with or without religious justification, see homosexuals as morally inferior despite the fact that homosexuals may have no choice in who they are. It simply doesn't matter that they were made that way.
Here's Nat-Wu, discussing a question that was asked during one of the primary debates:
...does it matter whether or not it's a choice? I suppose there might be some folks who would agree that if homosexuality is not a choice, homosexuals shouldn't be penalized for being themselves. But for the most part, it won't matter to those who are either just plain homophobes or those who back their position with the Bible. And of course, those of us who are willing to give gays equal rights and treatment under the law don't care why people are gay. So who does it matter to? Gays themselves? Is that why Melissa Etheridge asked the question? If so, I'm not going to fault her for it, but if the point is to gain wider acceptance among the straight people, well, it just doesn't matter.
In other words, both of us acknowledge that there are strong arguments to be made for homosexuality (or a tendency towards) being a biologically inherited trait, but when it comes to assuring equal rights for gays in our country, it doesn't matter. As I've analogized in the past, the situation is similar to the way our white ancestors felt about blacks; they were inherently inferior by virtue of their skin color, but that hardly absolved them of their own moral blame for failing to rise above their (supposedly) inferior character traits and intelligence. And for some people, that skin color was merely an excuse to hate them regardless of the fact that blacks had had no choice in the matter of what skin they were born with. Such hatred was also Biblically justified.
It's unfortunate to recognize such a view in the likes of Rev. Duncan, a man clothed in the vestments of one of the most progressive church traditions in America. Rev. Duncan and his allies argue that the word of God is law, and that each person is born with limitations that they must somehow rise above to live up God's teaching. This is true yes, but homosexuality is not like a foul temper, or a tendency to lie. Nor is it a "disorder" like schizophrenia, for which the victim is essentially innocent of the acts he commits. Sexuality is a fundamental element of the make up of a human being, and it is a cruel God indeed who would permit people to be born to desire that which He himself has forbidden as a mortal sin. Fortunately many other Americans seem to feel the same way, as both homosexuality, equal rights for gays and gay marriage are becoming more acceptable and commonplace. Unfortunately there will remain those like Rev. Duncan and his supporters who cling to the Bible against all reason as a justification for discrimination.