If I understand you, then, my daughter & son-in-law, married, no children, are
not a family? This seems peculiar. They might be inclined to argue otherwise.
My wife & I, having raised eight children, are now a couple again. Too bad we
a "family" when youngest daughter left home to seek her career! OTOH, I guess we
ceased being a family years earlier, when the last of our "natural born" left
last three were adopted Korean orphans.) OTOH, maybe we ceased being a family
back when we adopted them! Rules can be so strict, you know.
Dohlman also writes "Homosexuality is lust-centered, anti-procreative activity
can never be the basis of true family."
As an opinion, fine & dandy. I would phrase it a little differently.
Homosexuality, of course, is
an inclination in some home sapiens; not mentioned in Scripture (not even
a word until the 19th century), it is hardly a sin.
My phrasing -- "Homosexual acts may be lust centered, as may heterosexual acts.
acts are certainly non-procreative, of course, but hardy "anti." Neither
homosexual acts nor
heterosexual acts can be the basis of a "real family," of course; that basis is
Christ (for the Christian) or some other commitment-foundation (for the
Wendell Berry's florid prose sounds just a little bigoted, something like that
P. A. Sorokin (see THE CRISIS OF OUR AGE, printed about 1940) in an earlier day.
But I may be mistaken.