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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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Last time I looked I had electricity and i'm working on a computer. My cell phone is in the car. My clothes are synthetic blend and my water is in a plastic bottle.
Guess 'm not living in the 12th century.
So, why should a 12th century opinion of the nature of relationships be of any concern to me and define the realities of 21st century life?
I just found it interesting that 800 years ago people were asking the same questions and were sure they had found the answers. Have WE now found the truth at last . . . or will people in 800 years time be still googling?
Nothing stays the same - everything is always evolving
the 12th century was a time when things began to bubble.
Thanks for this topic.