Slice of gay life

What is really troubling about the outlook of people like the Belfast bakers and the B&B owners who turn away gay couples is that they want the state to collude with them in a fantasy of living in a world in which, if there are gay people at all, they are sad, self-hating creatures who see themselves as abominations blighted by a “tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil,” to quote an authoritative Roman Catholic document. People like the Belfast bakers want the law to allow them to carry on their lives and businesses as though there simply did not exist unashamed gay men and women, living good lives according to their nature, going about their business, participating in the ordinary activities and relationships of society, loving and marrying and engaging in family life, asserting their place in the sun.

Paul Brownsey

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