“Ancient Christian Church Performed Gay Marriages? Historian’s Claims Spark Controversy”


HUFFINGTON POST

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The surprising claims of a respected historian regarding the ancient Christian church’s stance on gay marriage sparked controversy recently in advance of a new publishing of the book that originally championed the claims.

John Boswell was an openly gay, Catholic historian and professor at Yale University. A good period of his career involved advocating that the early Christian church often conducted ceremonies joining two men together in ritualistic unions.

In 1994, the year before he died, Boswell published Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe, his strongest defense of this theory. The very first digital version of that bookis slated to be published at the end of August.

Perhaps because of this fact, Boswell’s work has garnered fresh attention in the media. However, his controversial work has for years shown up in discussions of homosexuality in religion, according Fordham University‘s overview of Boswell’s career. His ideas gained instant widespread recognition after they were cited by a character in the popular syndicated cartoon stripDoonesbury.” As a result, at least four papers dropped the strip in protest, according to Slate.

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“Sen. Rob Portman comes out in favor of gay marriage after son comes out as gay”


THE PLAIN DEALER

By Sabrina Eaton, Plain Dealer Washington Reporter

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman discusses his views on gay marriage in his office on Capitol Hill.Sabrina Eaton/The Plain Dealer
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman discusses his views on gay marriage in his office on Capitol Hill.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman on Thursday announced he has reversed his longtime opposition to same-sex marriage after reconsidering the issue because his 21-year-old son, Will, is gay.

Portman said his son, a junior at Yale University, told him and his wife, Jane, that he’s gay and “it was not a choice, it was who he is and that he had been that way since he could remember.”

“It allowed me to think of this issue from a new perspective, and that’s of a Dad who loves his son a lot and wants him to have the same opportunities that his brother and sister would have — to have a relationship like Jane and I have had for over 26 years,” Portman told reporters in an interview at his office.

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