I'm Christian, and my understanding is that God intends for people to act in a moral way, and that for sexual activities that is only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. That may sound like discrimination, but it means that homosexual activities are in the same category as fornication and adultery. It's not that we're meant to not have fun and do what feels natural; it's that there is a 'right way' to do things, and that it matters.
That's my belief, and I respect others who have differing beliefs. Some of the people I hold in highest regard have different beliefs than I do.
But here's an interesting thing: others' orientation and preferences (and actions) are not my decision. But my belief system does have something to say about something that is my decision (in addition to my own chastity), and that is a strict injunction to love my neighbor. That is not limited to those who believe and act the way I feel we all should.
I believe all people should be given a chance to receive a job offer based on their ability to do the job well.
People are created equally and should be treated equally.
'Moral' and 'immoral' are not equal, and should not be treated equally. I support actions to treat people fairly. I also support actions to not condone or legitimize wrong behavior. Denying a qualified person a job only because he or she is attracted to the same gender is wrong, as is legalized same-sex marriage.
Jesus didn't condone sin. Nor did he reject sinners (in fact he purposefully ate with them and forgave them and tried to help them get on track). I'm sure he expects the same of us, on both counts.
I honestly don't know whether homosexuality is a choice, or something people are 'born with', or something they didn't choose or were born with but felt as a result of environmental influences. I suspect that there are cases of each, but couldn't even begin to guess the numbers. In the end, acting on it is what's wrong. I think where choice is not involved that there is no moral culpability.
I may be born with (or develop through choice or otherwise) a really hot temper. That may be something I'm faced with in my life. But I am responsible to not act on it. There are appropriate ways to respond with great energy, conviction, passion, indignation, etc. that don't represent succumbing to my hot temper.
A person may be born with a handicap. I believe God intends to 'make all things beautiful in His time'. I believe that includes healing all kinds of things people were born with or that happened to them during their lives that are different than the way that will allow for their greatest happiness.
A temper and being handicapped are not even close to perfect analogues to homosexuality. But these things help me understand it.
I realize that some will see inconsistency in the set of beliefs I've outlined here. I feel they are complementary parts of a consistent belief. In the end I'm imperfect (aren't we all) and hope that others will try to have the same respect for me and my beliefs that I strive for towards them.
Edit: I noticed that the OP said "most employers". Something else I believe is that religious organizations have the right to consider moral (sexual) behavior as part of their job qualification criteria. While I think purely secular businesses don't (or shouldn't) have that right except as relates to sexual harassment, I do think that religious individuals do have the right to run a secular business without being forced as part of that business to support what they consider to be immoral behavior (ie. Hobby Lobby, photographers, bakeries, etc.).
Edited by jinglesthula - 4/14/14 at 12:50pm