Of course if I were pope, I'd recognize gay marriage and delete the word albeit (which means though) in the quote above. I can't see the problem with the pursuit of pleasure. There's no reason pleasure or its pursuit should lower respect for the lover.
To Yuen Yuen, the 11-year-old Chinese girl who hosted me, I am a beautiful American girl, a concept that she probably picked up from Katy Perry or Teen Vogue. If she wants the California of sun-kissed skin and Daisy Dukes, I'll give it to her.