Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base: Janet Polsky

Church Sanctioned Same-Sex Marriages

Church Sanctioned Same-Sex Marriages

Janet Polsky. Church Sanctioned Same-Sex Marriages, 2009.

In the August 28,1994 edition of the New York Times Book Review, Same Sex Unions In Premodern Europe by John Boswell was reviewed.

Mr. Boswell, an A. Whitney Griswald professor of history at Yale University, thouroughly researched libraries of Christiandom and reproduced 6 manuscripts of services for same-sex unions, from the 11th to the 16th centuries. He offerred an historical precedent - nothing less than the blessing of the Church for male coupling.

The edict of 1170 A.D. demanded a celibate clergy. How odd that at the very time, when the heterosexual marriages of the clergy were declared null and void, the clergy's wives murdered or turned into Church slaves, children bastardized, that Mr. Boswell rhapsodizes about the initiation of services for same-sex unions.

This coincided with the intense brutality of the Inquisition started by a tribunal in the 13th century, and witch-burning that existed between the 12th and the 17th centuries.


same-sex marriage, christianity, premodern, clergy, history

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