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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.

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Hostiensis and his contemporaries (as well as people well into the 20th Century) may have believed that, but it doesn't mean that they were correct. At that time people thought that something like homosexuality or "sexual expression" from oral sex to gay sex to masturbation was wrong, but between the passage of time and modern science we've understood that this stuff isn't unnatural.

It's a fact that some people are naturally born gay (or bi!) and preventing them from getting married the same as any straight couple is wrong.

What was the situation in the Irish Tv show you speak of? I had not heard anything about that.