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Catholic Lesbian Writer Opposes Gay Marriage

Catholic Lesbian Writer Opposes Gay Marriage


Eve Tushnet is a lesbian Catholic writer who opposes same-sex marriage and believes that her religion requires her to remain celibate. She also claims to be perfectly content with her life.

The New York Times
profiles Tushnet, who converted to Roman Catholicism in her sophomore year at Yale, where she was already out. The religious conversion and her embrace of conservatism, surprised her liberal parents, a Harvard Law professor and an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer.

"As the hundred or so daily readers of, and a larger audience for her magazine writing, know by now, Ms. Tushnet can seem a paradox: fervently Catholic, proudly gay, happily celibate," writes the Times. "She does not see herself as disordered; she does not struggle to be straight, but she insists that her religion forbids her a sex life."

Tushnet, who lives in Washington, D.C., also believes that only straight couples should marry.

As the Times reports, "Marriage should be reserved for heterosexuals, whose 'relationships can be either uniquely dangerous or uniquely fruitful,' she explained in an e-mail message. 'Thus it makes sense to have an institution dedicated to structuring and channeling them.'"

Read the complete profile here.

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