Vidiot: They were all just following the (Biblical) example of David and Jonathan.
That's an interesting point, Vidiot. The Jonathon-David love story is an interesting story for those intrigued by the use of literary criticism in reading biblical texts.
Of course, if someone has a faith based view of the Bible, their minds are immediately shut to any other view than the standard JW view of these texts.
But if you look at the text from say the perspective presented by narrative theory (the idea that we live our lives in a story that we write according to what we know and hope for) then different possibilities can be seen immediately. For example, 1 Kings 14:24 makes it clear that male to male sexuality was common in Israel:
There were even male shrine prostitutes in the land; the people engaged in all the detestable practices of the nations the LORD had driven out before the Israelites. NIV
So our reading of the David-Jonathon love story requires that we acknowledge that they could have understood that it is possible for two men to be in love with each other and have a romantic liaison.
The story of David and Jonathon predates that in the Biblical record but read 1 Samuel 18:1-4, with this questioning attitude. What are we reading here? Two men promise to love each other as they love themselves. Their very souls are bound together. They start to live in the same place. They exchange personal items (clothing) as gifts. What's being described? If David was a woman, you'd think it was a marriage ceremony, would you not? I leave you to draw your own conclusions:
1And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. 2And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house. 3Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul. 4And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his apparel, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle. JPS Tanakh version.
To add fuel to the (sexual -haha) fire. According to a near universal protocol that we can find in ancient times, David (the younger) would be the bottom and Jonathon (oldest) the top. Go figure the type and anti-type.