I’m an Italian son of Noah.
If I understand correctly, the Noahide Laws certainly command the following four prohibitions on sexual conduct for the Gentiles:
- Homosexual intercourse between males
These prohibitions are contended in chapter 18 of Leviticus, and the Jewish tradition, save for my error, holds that they are part of the precepts given by the Creator to Noah because HaShem says in verses 24-28 of the aforementioned chapter:
You shall not defile yourselves by any of these things, for the nations, whom I am sending away from before you, have defiled themselves with all these things.And the land became defiled, and I visited its sin upon it, and the land vomited out its inhabitants.But as for you, you shall observe My statutes and My ordinances, and you shall not do like any of these abominations neither the native, nor the stranger who sojourns among you.For the people of the land who preceded you, did all of these abominations, and the land became defiled.And let the land not vomit you out for having defiled it, as it vomited out the nation that preceded you.
If I understand correctly, the logical reasoning applied by the Masters of Israel is that if HaShem condemns the Canaanite nations, belonging to the Gentility, for practicing these behaviors, He had evidently already forbidden them in the Noahide Alliance, otherwise such populations would not have been responsible for any transgression ("Nullum crimen, nulla poena sine lege").
Here are my doubts:
Is the lesbian sexual intercourse allowed to Gentiles women? For Jewish women the prohibition is deduced from the commandment not to follow the customs of Egypt (Leviticus 18: 3; see also Mishneh Torah -Issurei Biah 21.8), but it seems difficult to think that this prohibition is universal, because it can not be known by the Gentiles from the analysis of the written Torah, but only through the exact knowledge of how the oral Torah interprets precisely the textual step "customs of Egypt";
Is it correct to say that rape (including that vomiting conduct that responds to the name of pedophilia) falls within the noahide prohibition of theft?
Another aspect on which I would like a clarification concerns the conduct of the Gentile husband to his Gentile wife. I explain it better.
If a married man goes to bed with an unmarried woman, he does not commit adultery; if the man is a Gentile, the prohibition of Deuteronomy 23,18, limited to the Israelites, can not be applied to him; now, in the Italian legal system, as I believe in that of many other countries, the spouses are bound to the duty of mutual fidelity (article 143 of the Italian Civil Code). When a man and a woman get married in Italy, and this even in cases where this happens before a religious authority such as a rabbi or a Christian priest, marriage can produce legal effects for the Italian State only if the spouses declare to having acknowledged the rights and duties provided for them by Italian Law, then also the aforementioned provision on the duty of mutual fidelity.
The nohahide prohibition of theft includes, if I have understood well, also the contractual fraud; now, marriage in Italian law is not properly a contract, but it is in any case a legal transaction, so I hypothesize that the aforesaid prohibition of contractual fraud can also be applied by analogy to marriage. If the wife allows her husband to go to bed with an unmarried woman, I do not believe there are problems on the level of the Noahide Laws; but what happens if this consent is missing, and this is if the husband has a sexual intercourse with an unmarried woman without the consent of his wife? Does not violate the prohibition of theft for having committed a fraud of a contractual nature?
To be clear, I consider morally reprehensible the conduct of a husband who betrays his wife even in the absence of adultery, but is it an illicit conduct according to the Noahides Laws, in the presence of a mutual fidelity obligation established by the Law of the State?
Excuse me for the length of the question, but the issue is very complex for a son of Noah like me.