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« Reply #16: February 18, 2008, 02:07:13 pm »

After reading the article, what are your thoughts on the importance of sexual orientation in the Pagan religions?

Honestly? If a ritual I was involved with called for a pairing, I'd want it to be a male/female pair. I honestly don't think there is any reason not to have it that way, unless one of the people involved is uncomfortable with what may be asked of them. That is the way life is continued, even though I am completely okay with homosexual relationships, (I'm bi-sexual myself) two people of the same sex cannot naturally create life.

I'm in a monogamous relationship, but if a ritual I was to play a part in called for me to be paired off with a man, I'd do it. I wouldn't take it to any extreme, no fondling/kissing/intercourse, but I'd do the bare minimum, because that's the way the ritual is supposed to be. I don't see these pairings as being forced into a relationship with that person, it's like being put into groups for a project.

In the case of someone who is uncomfortable with the opposite sex, for any reason, then I can understand not wanting to be paired off. I don't think that these people should be forced to be paired off with someone else, but I don't think that other group members should be forced to change for them either. If only one person is upset with the situation, I don't think it would be right to force another person of the same sex to pair with that person, and upset the balance even further.

In this paticular case, I think she should have asked to sit out, or seen if there was another woman who would pair with her. Though I may be misunderstanding how this paticular ritual works, I'm not wiccan, nor do I participate in any group practice.
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