[percy-l] gay marriage

Parlin, Steven PARLINS at culver.org
Wed Aug 13 10:41:17 EDT 2003

Dear RP 
I'm not sure "totally" doesn't fit (though perhaps it's fruitless to
speculate about WP's thoughts). In "something to displease both sides",
Percy never wavered on the (total) wrongness of killing unborn children.
It's insanity and "totally", not partly, wrong. He was merely pointing out
the intellectual myopia that exists on both sides of the political quagmire
--and there is a lot of it. But, you're probably right that Percy would have
surprised and delighted and shocked with his comments. 
Two very good friends of mine are homosexual, one is in his late 60's and I
speak with him regularly about these sorts of things. He knows (and
unfortunately has "known") a lot of homosexuals. I can tell you there is
hardly consensus among the homosexuals about what this agenda is really
"Truth of gay love as a personal bond"? Hmm.... I love my best friend (since
kinder) probably more than I love anyone in the world, but our "personal
bond" is hardly a marriage, and I hardly want to be sexual with him. But,
even more to the point...what of my love for my father?  Love is not really
a part of this debate. 
The truth is, again citing my friend, homosexual "bonds" are hardly about
love and committment and the like. It's mostly about sexual appetite and
Society's need to accept this? Society needs to accept homosexuals, but not

-----Original Message-----
From: Robert_Pauley at oxy.com [mailto:Robert_Pauley at oxy.com]
Sent: Tuesday, August 12, 2003 7:08 PM
To: percy-l at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: RE: [percy-l] gay marriage

I don't think "totally" is the right adverb for any Walker Percy position.
He was too intellectually supple. Remember his piece on abortion in the New
York Times -- ... "Something to displease both sides." I believe he would
have found a way to deconstruct the moral and semantic choplogic of "gay
marriage" while allowing for the truth of gay love as a personal bond, and
of society's need to accept this, short of formal social or religious
sanctification. He would, again, have displeased both sides.  
Best, RP  

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[mailto:percy-l-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of James Piat
Sent: Tuesday, August 12, 2003 4:59 PM
To: Percy-L: Literary and Philosophical Discussion
Subject: Re: [percy-l] gay marriage

Dear Phil,
I think we are all very much products of our circumstances  -- and tend to
get more conservative as we age. Of his writings I like Percy's essays the
most, and The Movie Goer more than The Thanatos Syndrome.  I'm not so sure
Percy would be totally against gay marriage were he around today.  Times
change; people change.  
Regards from Atlanta

I think Percy would be totally against gay marriage. But that's why I'm glad
I don't walk around wearing a "WWPD?" wrist band. I think he was definitely
a product of his time and place, and his later novels particularly
illustrate his out-of-place feeling in the 1970's. And didn't it seem like
he became more conservative and doctrinaire as he grew older? It's been a
while since I've read Percy, but I remember The Thanatos Syndrome being a
lot more "preachy" than his early novels...
Regards from Chapel Hill,

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