In a meeting of the Anglican primates, the head of the Episcopal Church, Frank Griswold faced a great deal of ostracization because of his support of gay and lesbians, including the bishop of NH. Other church heads refused to be photographed with Griswold, refused to share communion with him, and debated what punitive actions might be appropriate.
"Homosexual marriages are part of a new ideology of evil that is insidiously threatening society" Pope John Paul says in a new book. I'm not sure how loving committment gets such a designation. Those liberal democracies which have moved in the direction of equality for gay and lesbians get labeled anti-gospel and nihilistic by the pope as well.
The theologian, John Sanders is being removed his position at Huntington College, because of his writings which suggest that the future is open for God, not determined. And Beth Stroud is appealing the United Methodist church trial which stripped her ordination because she's an open lesbian. And here's a list of some theologians the Vatican has gone after during Pope John Paul's reign.
All these quick items raise questions for me, in terms of what it means to identify as Christian, when any attempt at creatively working with the tradition is taken to be a heresy to be stamped out, where the inclusion of gay and lesbians can split denominations and produce profound enimty, where difference is to be treated as a threat instead of an instrument which God might use to call us to account.
The church should at least be a place where some level of friendship might be achieved, even if agape is an impossible ideal, but now these differences make people in the pews enemies to one another (and makes the church inexplicable to anyone outside of it). The result is the very reversal of the Gospel, which is reconciliation with one another and with God.