According to Christian teaching, both adultery and fornication are sins. There is more said about adultery and fornication in the Bible than about homosexuality (which isn’t mentioned at all, in the context of normal healthy same-sex relationships).
For those unclear on the difference, adultery is when you are married and you have sex with someone other than your spouse; fornication is having sex without the benefit of marriage.
Basically, according to certain Christians, you can ONLY have physical intimate sexual contact with the first person to whom you are married. The Bible even goes so far as to say that if you are divorced and remarry, and your previous spouse remains alive, you are committing adultery. This is why divorce-and-remarriage is frowned upon in some churches.
In 29 States it is legal to be fired from your job, or be denied employment, because you are gay. NOT because you are sleeping around or even having sex with a committed monogamous partner, but just for being gay. Religious people are allowed to discriminate on the basis of who you are, without regard to any specific behavior or acts you commit. Somehow, in their twisted thinking, if they hire you to do a job it is somehow endorsing your private sexual orientation, as if
- it is any of their business,
- your orientation has any impact on your ability to do the job, and
- letting you work makes them a “sinner” too if they don’t condemn you as a person.
Makes very little sense.
But if they can fire you for just being gay (which is not a behavior or a specific act), why don’t they also fire all those heterosexual adulterers and fornicators too (i.e., those who have committed sinful acts)? Why don’t they fire those who are divorced and remarried?
They can come up with all sorts of religious justifications, but the bottom line is that they are inconsistent in their discrimination. If they were genuinely trying to hold to their Christian teachings, they would not hire any sinners at all. Or if they were just trying to hold to the Christian teachings about sex sins, they should treat all sexual sinners (in their eyes) the same way.
Since we know they do not normally fire people for heterosexual sex sins (and usually the boss doesn’t know or care), it is plainly hypocritical and bigoted to treat one group of so-called sexual sinners differently from all the others. And there is not a single place in the Bible where that sort of discrimination is approved.