[percy-l] gay marriage

Nikkibar at aol.com Nikkibar at aol.com
Wed Aug 13 11:38:54 EDT 2003

When I wrote (a message or two back) that Walker never got past the notion 
that homosexuals were disturbed, I think I did not make it clear that I never 
heard him use expressions like "gravely immoral." He did at one time thorw a 
guest out of his house for implying that William Alexander Percy (Uncle Will who 
raised Walker and his two brothers) was gay. So matters of gaiety and its 
morality were never discussed at least in my presence, although I did have 
occasion to chat with Walker over the issue of whether homosexiuality should continue 
to qualify as a mental disturbance in psychiatric or scientific context. He 
held that it did and I held that it didn't; we agreed to disagree, as we often 
did. I would suggest that perhaps one reason why he never voiced himself over 
the issue of the morality of the issue may have had something to do with the 
Uncle Will isue, a matter to which I was not sensitive at the time of any of 
our conversations. In short, I think he would have been unlikely to go that far, 
but chose to keep his opinions on the matter in the psychiatric context for 
reasons of his own which are nobody else's business. It would not be proper to 
impute to Walker an ex post facto endorsement of "grave immorality" on the 
basis of the intellectual fossil record. 

Nikki Barranger
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