Jeremy has an excellent post about how he has come to hold an affirming stance on the morality of same-sex relationships. He manages the feat of clearly and directly stating what he believes, while at the same time being irenic and charitable toward those he disagrees with.
I believe we are seeing the Spirit at work in our churches calling us to abandon long-held prejudices. At various times Christians have changed their opinions on issues previously thought to be clear and unambiguous – inclusion of Gentiles, married clergy, slavery, women in ministry, etc. I believe, in time, homosexuality will be another one of those issues where later generations look back with bewilderment at earlier generations’ beliefs. In baptism God has already accepted God’s gay children. It is up to us whether we will accept this, or, like the elder brother in Jesus’ parable, refuse to join the party.
After reading this, it occurred to me that I keep hearing stories from smart, thoughtful people about how they moved from a rejectionist to an affirming stance, but I hardly ever, if ever, see accounts of people moving in the other direction. To me this suggests that opponents of the full inclusion of LGBT people, both in the church and in society at large, are largely fighting a rearguard action.
UPDATE: Just to clarify, I’m not saying there aren’t smart, thoughtful people in the church defending the traditional position. My point is that those seem to mostly people who already held that position. What I don’t see is a lot of movement in the direction from affirming to rejectionist.