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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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Thank the Goddess I'm living in the 21st century, not the 13th. Narrow definitions such as given by Hostiensis only proclaim man's determination to fit Divine Creation into narrow boxes and constraints. Human beings are of much greater depth and variety than only two sexes, a single allowable sexual position, and a single reason for any joining of two adult human beings. I have always had claustrophobia and it extends to narrow mind sets as well as physical spaces.

- Erulisse (one L)
I make no apologies - I have so stolen your icon!
You are more than welcome to nab it. I don't use it all that often, it's a bit snarky and I usually use my Gay Rights are Human Rights avatar instead. But on this occasion with this post, it seemed the appropriate icon to use and I'm delighted that you enjoyed it too.

- Erulisse (one L)
Same here - the lesbian icon is for those moments when words simply aren't enough!

Erulisse is an interesting name - I am reminded of a Welsh cat Goddess... From your profile however, I suspect it may be Elvish.
You are correct, it is indeed Elvish - Dance in Grace to be precise. A friend of mine who is fluent in Quenya helped me with it. I love it and have used it for many years now. The (one L) designation came about because of one board that had another Erullisse, but who spelled it with two L's. I started using the (one L) to differentiate myself and it soon became part of my sig.

- Erulisse (one L)