From the story, a pastor some 15 years ago refused to baptize a lesbian couple's baby; according to the story, "The pastor said because the child had lesbian parents, there was no way he could get a Christian upbringing." That pastor has move on, and there's a different one; it's the different one I caught a bit of this morning, saying that she'd have a tough decision. At the end of the story, she has the last word:
"If the only reason for there to be reservations were around that, issues of sexuality," she says, "that would not be something that would keep me from doing it. I absolutely would."I'm no ordained pastor; indeed, I'm an atheist. But I do read some religious stuff, and I was raised in a household religious enough that I still remember a fair bit of catechism and so forth. And I think these two pastors have forgotten the point of baptism. It's not about the parents. In Christianity, baptism is a sacrament that marks the "remission of sins" (in the Nicene Creed I was taught in the old days). That is, baptism provides for salvation for the person baptized. (This is apparently a church that practices infant baptism, so that's not it.)
So, theologically, I'd think that if anyone wanted their baby baptized, and the pastor (or priest, or whoever does baptisms) thinks they're serious in that desire, they baptize the baby.
Let's take an extreme example: say a parent was excommunicated or out of fellowship and thus couldn't partake of any of the sacraments of the church, but wanted their child baptized (and let's imagine there's only one parent in this overly extreme example). Would most churches baptize the baby? Would a church baptize the baby with only the Godparents there for the naming? (That would keep the excommunicated person from participating in the sacrament.)
When I was a little kid, and first heard of excommunication, someone told me that it basically meant no one, even your parents and family, could ever talk to you or interact with you again. It seemed like a horrible punishment, and I secretly worried that I'd be excommunicated somehow. (I didn't realize that I wasn't Catholic, so wasn't really part of it all anyway. Nor did I realize that it's pretty darned rare. If you look at a list of people who've been excommunicated on Wikipedia, though, you can see that it's being used still, and it looks like it's being used a whole lot more now than before. Our culture seems to think the Middle Ages were crazy about religion, but we sometimes seem crazier today.)