Otherwise I need to agree with you for this issue does present a different thought. The reasoning behind our stance on homosexuality is grounded in our observation that it is sinful. And should we rethink our position, we would need to adopt a thought process counter to our stand on alcohol. We aren't deceived, we realize full well that drinking in moderation is not sin, we abstain in order to better minister to others who are caught in the sin of alcoholism and drunkenness. We are motivated by love. To affirm homosexual action would require thought which is diametrically opposed to our stand on alcohol. This would require that we first say that this is not sin. The difference being that we know better and that we are fooling ourselves and others. Thus as we affirm homosexual activity, we sanction sin and we facilitate those who are caught to further ensnare themselves in the clutches of sin. In effect we become tour guides on the broad road to hell. Should we say that we are motivated by love, we are deluded, and we need help.
And your right, it isn't enough to give lip service to this issue, it's deeper than that. This issue relates directly to our faith and our trust in God who defines sin, this is serious business, especially for clergy. I must admit that while I harbor no ill will toward those who are conflicted on this issue, my trust is eroded overall in their ability to lead. Just my opinion, and I'm just being honest, there has been a lot of respect lost over this topic.