I speak from the perspective of a person who (while being a married, straight, middle-aged, male, clergy type) nevertheless holds to progressive views in the area of human sexuality.
- I respect LGBT people and their relationships.
- I respect the relationships of unmarried, cohabiting couples.
- I respect single parents.
- I respect divorced individuals.
- I respect the many people I know who, while unmarried and unpartnered, could not be called celibate.
Nevertheless, I believe that there are some strong statements that can be made universally about ethics in the context of human sexuality.
- I believe that sexual violence is always ethically wrong.
- I believe that non-consensual sex is always ethically wrong.
- I believe that is it always ethically wrong for adults to prey sexually upon minors. I believe it is particularly wrong when the adult has a duty of care for the minor. (This is why I have called for a voluntary moratorium on churches in Australia making public comments on sex until all faith communities around the world have got their act together on issues of child sexual abuse.)
- I believe that it is always ethically wrong for humans to sexually abuse animals.
- I believe it is always ethically wrong when a person (of either gender or any sexuality) in a long-term relationship (married or otherwise) has a series of meaningless sexual flings outside their relationship.
- I believe it is always ethically wrong when the rich and powerful seek to sexually exploit others.