Another term for homosexuality, with the emphasis being placed on love, rather than sex, as Homosexual implies.
The Church of England has used the term since 1991, in certain situations.
Many fundamentalist churches, and those opposed to Gay Rights, have also used the term, in an effort to link the words homophile with pedophile, to thwart gay rights.
In their context, the meaning is meant in a negative manner.
-phile from the Greek (love),
Commonly used in the early part of the 1900's, gradually disappearing during the Gay Rights movement of the late 1960's, early 1970's.