As a young theology student, I thought as did the Protestant community in northern Germany, from which I came: Homosexuality was "an abomination to the LORD" (Leviticus 18:20). Only later in my studies did I understand that neither the Hebrew Bible nor the New Testament speaks of same-sex lovers in the modern sense. Conservative socialized, as I was, I can only call it God's humor, that of all I had a coming out.