Following royal assent to the ‘Marriage (same sex couples) Act’, Bishop Egan of Portsmouth has written a good pastoral letter clearly associating the rejection of Humanae Vitae with the societal acceptance of same-sex marriages.

The former ‘Archbishop’ of Canterbury Rowan Williams came to a similar logical conclusion in a statement prior to his elevation back in 1989, but erring in his premise – “In a church that accepts the legitimacy of contraception, the absolute condemnation of same-sex relations of intimacy must rely either on an abstract fundamentalist deployment of a number of very ambiguous biblical texts, or on a problematic and nonscriptural theory about natural complementarity, applied narrowly and crudely to physical differentiation without regard to psychological structures.”

My protestant friends fail to see the logical parallel between contraception and same-sex relationships; can we blame psychological structures?