A friend of mine is decidedly against having children. I once asked him what, in terms of social function, was the difference between him and his wife as a couple and and a monogamous homosexual couple? He couldn’t come up with anything, and I can see why.
It’s hard to say much of substance when it comes to a difference in how they conduct themselves within society as a couple. Neither produce children. Both are monogamous. Both provide support to the parties of the relationship. All else equal, nearly every occupation can be performed as well by each of the four of them. It’s difficult to identify much of substance qua childless heterosexuals and qua monogamous homosexuals preventing them from making equal contributions to the world. Continue reading