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Religious Studies

Sikhism: beliefs about love and sex

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Homosexuality

Homosexuality [Homosexuality: Sexual or romantic attachment between two people of the same gender. ] is not acceptable in Sikh teaching. It is against the Sikh code of conduct. There is nothing about homosexuality in the Guru Granth Sahib (primal collection of Sikh Scriptures) but marriage is repeatedly encouraged. Sikhs believe that homosexuality is not acceptable because it is not mentioned.

One of the arguments against homosexuality is that lust is one of the five vices mentioned in the Guru Granth Sahib. But some Sikhs say that this applies equally to heterosexuals [Heterosexuality: Sexual or romantic attraction between people of opposite genders (i.e. male and female). ] and that Guru Nanak’s (the first Guru) teaching on universal equality respects the rights of homosexuals.

The goal of every Sikh is to have no hatred towards anyone regardless of race, caste, colour, creed, gender, or sexuality so opinions about homosexuality tend not to be treated as a matter of great importance.

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