Sexuality - Homosexual or Heterosexual and relationships

Sexuality - Homosexual or Heterosexual and relationships

There is uncontested awareness among people that "being in a relationship" is the raison d'etre of humankind's existence--being one with God and neighbor--loving God and others as oneself. The means by which we seek "being in a relationship" in thought, word and deed are myriad. Physical relationships are only one of them. The orientation of one's psyche towards "being in a relationship" in a physical relationship is innate, homosexual or heterosexual.

Homosexuality is legitimate inasmuch as it evidences humankind's natural orientation towards "being in a relationship" - towards fulfillment - as does heterosexuality. Preoccupation with contrasts between the physical aspects of homosexual and heterosexual relationships detracts from this basic justification. Focusing attention on them leads to limiting sexuality to gender differences of a physical nature.

However, once the fundamental connection between humankind created by God to be in relation and our sexuality is recognized, Sexuality (capital S) will be seen as a distinctive factor - a particular means of relating. A person's orientation, whether heterosexual or homosexual, will be secondary.

It is the act of commitment that is paramount. The generous willingness of two people to enter into it should be honoured unreservedly. They give testimony to the selflessness entailed in such action - the kind of selflessness upon which the health and strength of a community depends. To withhold respect and honour for any such commitment by refusing to designate it as a marriage is to downgrade the scope of every commitment in marriage in our community - weakens rather than strengthens marriage as an ideal.

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