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Re: A few personalist insights about conjugal love

Mar. 31 at 7:05am | see this comment in context

Katie, I'm new to your interesting website. You've said in other posts that to argue against SSM in the current milieu will require showing that same-sex acts are no more like conjugal acts than "a slap is like a kiss." I think that argument will be hard to make on phenomelogical grounds, which seem important to any personalist approach.

To examine the meaning of same-sex love or acts in phenomenological terms is to start with the experience to the participants and then to interpret to the more general structure of the experience.Homosexuals who say "we experience a deeply meaningful, bonding love" have phenomenological grounds for that and have usually developed their understanding in dialogue with heterosexuals about the structure of their experience. But I don't see how the writings on SSM on this website emerge from any dialogue with homosexuals about *their* experience.

A "slap is not a kiss" is so dismissive of experience that I wonder how personalist it can be. But I'm still learning. What I'd like to understand in relationship to this post is how "plainly made-for-union" is known, and why not having the biological complentarity of body parts a priori removes #1-3, 5-8 from same-sex couples. Thanks.

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