The basic problem in sexual ethics, addressed in the third precept, is betrayal. ‘Sexual misconduct’ is sexual behaviour that causes harm by breaking the trust that a loved one has placed in us. The Buddha was compassionate, and he never laid down ethical rules that caused harm or distress. Making a moral proscription against homosexuality marginalises and harms people who have done no wrong, and it is against the basic principles of Buddhist ethics.
It’s so important to keep this essential ethical question in mind. In discussions on homosexuality, as with just about any other controversial ethical issue, there is a pervasive tendency to confuse the issue. Why do we find it so difficult to look at an ethical question rationally? It is true, there are some issues that are complex and the details can be difficult to work out. But this is not one of them.
This is a fantastic essay.
Michelle Bachmann is a complete and utter piece of shit. Not to mention entirely scientifically, and probably otherwise, illiterate. Also, her fucking tour bus was in my town today. Disgusting. Also, please explain to me exactly how allowing marriage equality takes away the rights of citizens? Because I’m all ears.