The news today, somewhat unsurprisingly, is that the California Supreme Court has overturned a state ban on gay marriage. What would Confucius say?
I wrote about gay marriage and Confucianism once before, and I think the argument still holds (though it needs to be fleshed out a bit more, as I am doing in chapter 5 of my book):
...I think a modern Confucian perspective could accept a gay relationship if it was committed and constructive of lasting family bonds. The type of sex hardly matters. What is important is that people perform humanity-creating social responsibilities. Genetics are less significant than caring social practices; so, adoption is fine - just as it was in ancient China. It would seem, then, that gay marriage and child-rearing could be consonant with a Confucian-inspired ethics (although an over-wrought homosexual identity would be frowned upon).
I just wanted to put this out there and ask my Confucian-minded readers what they think. Would a modern Confucian accept gay marriage? Why or why not?