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Same-sex relationships sanctioned by law in Medieval Europe

To add to records of same-sex marriages in ancient Rome, John Boswell's research on same-sex marriages in early European history, and research I read and blogged about last year on same-sex domestic partnerships in colonial Virginia, here's more evidence of prior legal support for same-sex relationships. This is one more piece of evidence to point out the falsehood of the argument that providing legal recognitions now would violate thousands of years of tradition.

Civil unions between male couples existed around 600 years ago in medieval Europe, a historian now says.
Historical evidence, including legal documents and gravesites, can be interpreted as supporting the prevalence of homosexual relationships hundreds of years ago, said Allan Tulchin of Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania.
If accurate, the results indicate socially sanctioned same-sex unions are nothing new, nor were they taboo in the past.
“Western family structures have been much more varied than many people today seem to realize," Tulchin writes in the September issue of the Journal of Modern History. "And Western legal systems have in the past made provisions for a variety of household structures.” . . . [Read More]


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