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May a man marry a man?

gayIn the light of modern debate on the subject of Gay marriage it is interesting to note that it was also being debated in the 13th cent. Homophobia is a big subject of contention in Ireland at the moment because of a recent TV episode.

Hostiensis was a medieval philosopher and canon lawyer of the mid-13th cent. He and his contemporary philosophers were then engaged in an exploration of the nature of sexuality. They had concluded that there could only be one form of proper sexual intercourse: It had to be between a man and a woman, and it had to be open to at least the theoretical possibility of procreation. No strange positions. No coitus interruptus. No oral intercourse, or anal intercourse. No potions that had the effect of inducing sterility. No masturbation. Any form of sexual expression, except heterosexual sex open to procreation, was criticized as unnatural.

See more at:
http://www.religiousleftlaw.com/2014/01/may-a-man-marry-a-man-a-medieval-debate.html

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I'm fairly convinced that the story of David and Jonathan describes a homosexual relationship, or at least is open to that interpretation. The parallels are many. David, the handsome youth who loved to dance and play the - what was it, a lyre? Jonathan falls for him and in the style of traditional marriage of the day, David leaves his home and joins Jonathan's household. Saul naturally disapproves and tries to have David killed a few times. Their love for each other exceeds the love of women, and like the best love stories, it ends tragically.
I also have to think about the story of Jesus healing the Roman Centurion's slave boy. In all the other healing stories, IIRC, Jesus is asked to do the healing by someone who loves the person who needs healing. The Greek word that gets translated as "slave boy, or servant" can also be translated as whatever the male equivalent of concubine would be, and one has to wonder why Jesus would heal a boy who was just property without perhaps exacting some sort of promise of freedom from the Centurion. The story just makes more sense if the boy was the Centurion's love.
And then there's the mysterious disciple that Jesus loved, who rested his head on Jesus' breast, and the naked boy who ran away at the garden of Gethsemane, and the youth in white who meets the women at the tomb after the resurrection.
It's all conjecture, but one finds what one looks for in the Bible.