Ever wonder why CNSNews.com won't use the word "gay" (and even censors it in its comments) and WorldNetDaily puts it in scare quotes, and both make copious use of the word "homosexual"?
A newly released CBS/New York Times poll found that 57 percent of Americans approve of "homosexuals" serving in the military -- but when "homosexuals" was replaced by "gay men and lesbians," support jumped to 70 percent. On the question of "serving openly," 44 percent were in favor when "homosexuals" was used, but 58 percent were in favor when "gay men and lesbians" was used.
The insistence on thte part of CNS and WND on using "homosexual" over "gay" seems to confirm that, as AmericaBlog notes, the intent in doing so is derogatory.
Perhaps the respective poohbahs at CNS and WND would like to explain their usage to their readers, just in case we're wrong.