What's wrong with a loving, committed same-sex partnership?

Clearly, love and commitment are virtues and so it is tempting to see a loving, committed same-sex partnership as a godly relationship, particularly when compared against unloving or unfaithful partnerships of opposite-sex couples. However, the Bible is clear that a same-sex partnership is against God's will and the Bible lists no exceptions based on the quality of the partnership. A sinful act committed in a way that demonstrates other virtues does not make the sinful act less sinful. As an analogy, the famous bank robbers Bonnie & Clyde were famous for their love for one another, but that love in no way mitigates what they did wrong.

The argument is often put forward that the early church knew nothing of loving, committed relationships other than marriages between men and women, and therefore the Bible is essentially silent on the issue of modern-day same-sex partnerships. However, in 1 Corinthians 5:1-2 a man in the Corinthian church is in a relationship with his father's wife, which is forbidden in Leviticus 18:8. There is no discussion of whether the relationship is loving and committed or not. Paul is clear to the other Christians: "Let him who has done this be removed from among you." (v2).

Another argument is that the homosexuality outlawed in the Bible was all either abusive (eg between men and boys) or part of pagan rituals, and so the biblical prohibition of homosexual practice was about the abuse or paganism rather than condemning committed homosexual relationships between consenting adults. However, this fails to consider the widespread adult-adult homosexual relationships in Greek and Roman cultures in New Testament times, of which the writers would have been well aware. Corinth in New Testament times was a Roman colony on the Greek mainland, but when Paul wrote to the church there he reminded them to avoid sinful behaviours, including homosexual sex. In 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, he also lists idolatry separately from homosexual behaviour, making it clear that homosexual sex was distinct from idol worship.

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