Same Sex Orientation
AS WAS NOTED earlier, it is not immediately apparent that using fun or pleasure as a justification for action is directly contrary to the fundamental value of friendship. As a result, many people who are otherwise attracted to a natural law approach (including many Christians) are laissez-faire with respect to gays and lesbians. Many heterosexuals are inclined to let gays and lesbians do what they want to do. If gays and lesbians are not hurting anyone else, why even raise the moral issue, especially since many gays are dismissive of it?
The moral issue is important for a variety of reasons. First of all, truth counts, and second, parents have to respond reasonably and thoughtfully to questions posed by their teenage sons and daughters about this issue. Just as critical, any sophisticated moral system should be able to determine whether some action is acceptable, admirable, or corrosive.
Although in a natural law context fun or pleasure may initially seem like a sound reason for same-sex sexual intimacy, pleasure as the primary justification or norm for sex does not withstand scrutiny. Pleasure is too weak a foundation on which to base the freedom to engage in sex. Pleasure plays a role, but it is not enough. Once one admits pleasure or fun as the primary justification for acts of friendship, without reference to other fundamental values, it becomes impossible to confine similar acts to the realm and meaning of friendship and life.