According to a recent article on a religious site, more churches are changing their tune on homosexuality. Apparently, there is a stream of churches welcoming LGBT people and rejecting the old version that called homosexuality a “sin”.
One of the reasons the old guard is having trouble holding it ground is the issue of teen suicide. The rate of suicide among gay teens is several times higher that among straight teens.
The stuff shirts of the past claimed, and some still claim, homosexuality caused the suicides. This makes no sense to any reasonable person. We could find out if this really was true if we could run an experiment where gay teens were accepted by their parents, their church stopped saying it is a sin and were not teased and taunted by their peers. If the suicide rate were higher we might suspect it had to do with homosexuality.
But as it is, the only reasonable conclusion is the suicide rates are higher because gay teens are treated like pariahs. It is also reasonable to say the church likely contributes to the suicides.
The link quotes Senator Orin Hatch, a Mormon from Utah, saying he no longer believes it a sin to be homosexual. He sees the hand writing on the wall. Either the church changes or people will leave it behind.
The scripture used to condemn homosexuality as sin has always been a weak argument. Jesus is not quoted as saying anything about it. There is no reference to long term commitments like gay marriage.