Why do Catholics discriminate against homosexual behavior and same sex marriage?

It is important to distinguish between homosexual attraction and homosexual behavior. Catholic's believe that there is nothing sinful about same sex attraction as long as a celibate relationship is maintained and this attraction does not result in homosexual behavior. God's wrath against Sodom and Gomorrah ( Gen. 19: 1- 28) is ample evidence that God considers homosexual behavior sinful! Same sex marriage is doubly sinful not only because it would condone homosexual behavior but makes a mockery of the purpose of a sacramental marriage (between a man and a woman - CCC 1625) which is for the procreation of children.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:

2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity,* tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered." They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.

2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

* Gen 19:1-29, Rom 1:24-27 , I Cor 6:9-10 , I Tim 1:10

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