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Consider the application of Situation Ethics to a moral dilemma related to sexual ethics

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Consider the application of Situation Ethics to a moral dilemma related to sexual ethics. (6) There are many situations related to sexual ethics that I could choose to discuss but I shall choose that of homosexuality. Conventional Christian and Jewish teaching prohibits homosexual sex on the grounds that it is "unnatural" and does not allow the possibility for fertilisation to take place because the two partners are of the same gender. This controversial issue is often to be found on the front pages of newspapers. Today in Britain many members of the gay and lesbian community are campaigning for their relationships to be formally recognised under law in the same way that heterosexual couples may marry. ...read more.


The government and church would be forced to recognise that this is the most loving thing to do. Supporters of Situation Ethics believe that love is paramount, it is the most important consideration. If only love is intrinsically good it is impossible to argue that homosexual marriage and sex is immoral because the only absolute thing is that love is good. The Church and the government would also have to comply with "Love wills the neighbour's good whether we like it or not". This would mean that no matter whether the members of the church and ministers personally like the idea of homosexuality, they must act in the most loving way towards them. ...read more.


The most loving thing in the relationship would be to have homosexual sex because it would allow each partner to demonstrate their love for the other in a physical way. The Church claims that homosexual sex is wrong because it does not have the possibility of fertilisation taking place. However, if the most loving decision was always the most important consideration, as with Situation Ethics, then they would be obliged to permit it because although they may believe it is wrong to permit sex where there is no chance of fertilisation, this is not absolute. The only thing that is absolute is that love is right and the most important consideration. ...read more.

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