It is past time every school child knew of these things.

Grown men sought teenage lovers, just as they married teenage wives.

The main difference was that the “gay marriage” could only take place with the beloved’s consent, while the girl was told by her father whom to marry and had to obey.

The result of this fraud has been a needless polarization of society and suffering for those people who happen to fall in love with others of their own sex.

Uncensored, the historical record reveals just the opposite: the male love instinct is universal. Most cultures have regulated male love, integrating it by means of customs and traditions.

Democracy was another invention of the Greeks, and the two men they honored for its introduction were Harmodios and Aristogiton, a gay couple.

Love between males was thought to bring out the best qualities in a youth AND in his lover, especially manliness and courage.Where forbidden, it has prevailed over stonings, burnings, lobotomies, schoolyard homophobia, the gallows and the gaol.Where openly welcomed, it has blossomed into the highest achievements of the human mind.And they usually understood that boy children were excluded from the game of sex, to the same degree that they understood that girl children were excluded as well.In Ancient Greece love between males was styled along the same lines as the marriage customs.It could also illuminate the growing debate about gay marriage, a tradition documented the world over for thousands of years, but nowhere as widely or as recently as in North America, where it was practiced and honored by many of the First Nations.