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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

Comments

Was the RTE sued and that's why they paid that money, or were they afraid of angering the "not homophobes"?
They were scared that it would cost money they haven't got!

"An RTE source yesterday said that it made the decision to settle on pragmatic grounds, as it believed that going to court could potentially have cost the cash-strapped station "hundreds of thousands of euros", according to the station's legal advice."

Edited at 2014-02-20 16:12 (UTC)