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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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And yet, the question of what constitutes a man and what constitutes a woman never enters into the debate, which makes one wonder what, exactly the point of the debate is. Once you start down the road of trying to separate the men from the women, there are countless borderline cases which lend credence to the view that perhaps God is a bit more subtle in his ways than humanity, and perhaps this is a spurious subject that has more to do with unchallenged assumptions than fact or truth.
This, absolutely!

(I'm trans, as it happens and happily married :o)

If there's one thing my life experience has taught me, it is that God has a very warped sense of humour!