I’m ambivalent about gay marriage in part because, in studying the history of the institution, we learn it is defined by gender difference. Up until the 1990s, those cultures which have recognized same-sex unions either called them something different than marriage or, if they did call them marriage, required one partner to live in the guise of the opposite sex.
And while today, we do not define gender roles as strictly as did most societies until the second half of the century just concluded — and as do many nations around the world, particularly the Islamic world, we can still see differences between the genders, particularly in the gay community. Just contrast how gay men and lesbians relate to one another.
Despite these noticeable differences, the politically correct voices in academia and the gay movement, balk at acknowledging the reality of this experience. In one breath, they tell us gender is a social construct, but in the next, they tell us sexual orientation is predetermined, it is, so speak, encoded in our DNA, leading blogger Gregory of Yardale to ask:
How is it the left can simultaneously claim that gender is a purely social construct, but homosexuality is determined by genetics?
Gender differences are more than just physiological, and our sexual orientation may well develop from a great variety of factors, some nature, some nurture.