In the present political climate, it is becoming more and more difficult to assert the Torah position on the gay lifestyle without being attacked as homophobic, a term now being used to reflect racism against homosexuals. Recently, this became a real issue in Toronto as an Orthodox rabbi maintaining a Torah position on Jewish communal participation in the gay pride parade was challenged in this manner, in spite of the fact that he, at the same time, maintained that he and his shul welcomes homosexuals in the same way as any other Jews. You can read more about this at:
At present, the argument that one should be allowed to express one's religious beliefs on this matter still carries some weight. My concern in to the future are the voices that I am already hearing comparing Orthodox Jewish and similar religious views regarding homosexuality to the Southern Baptist position, before the Civil War, regarding slavery and the Dutch Reform Church's support of apartheid. The argument is that religion can justify racism and so it cannot have voice. The challenge is to ensure that this weak and false comparison never gains strength.
Rabbi Ben Hecht