In the Forward to "The Woman with the Alabaster Jar" (1993) by Margaret Starbird, Rev. Terrance A. Sweeney writes:-
"...Jesus is not celibate merely because the church teaches that he is. There is nothing in Scripture that proves that Jesus was married, nor is there anything in the Bible that says that Jesus was unmarried, nor that he made a promise or vow not to marry.
The Jewish scholar Ben-Chorin presents a "chain of indirect proofs" to support his belief that Jesus was married. In the time Jesus walked the Earth, Judaism regarded marriage as a fulfillment of God's command to "be fruitful and multiply." Luke 2:51--52 indicates that Jesus, living under the authority of his parents, "grew in wisdom, stature, and favor before God and men." Ben-Chorin argues that it would have been quite likely that Jesus' parents, as was the custom, would have sought out a suitable bride for him, and that Jesus, like every young man, especially those who studied the Torah, would have married. Moreover, if Jesus had not been married, he most certainly would have been reproached for this omission by those Pharisees who opposed him. And Saint Paul, in presenting reasons for supporting the value of celibacy, would undoubtedly have cited Jesus' own life, had Jesus been celibate. But Saint Paul did not. Therefore, Ben-Chorin concludes, Jesus was married.
On the other hand, one has to ask, if Jesus married, why is there no specific mention of this or of his wife's name in Scripture? Margaret Starbird's answer to this is that the physical threat to his spouse's life would have been reason enough to exclude his wife's name from all contemporary written records. This explanation is very plausible, particularly in light of the severe persecutions of the earliest followers of Jesus. She goes on to say, "I cannot prove that Jesus was married or that Mary Magdalen was the mother of his child.....But I CAN verify that these are tenets of a heresy WIDELY BELIEVED IN THE MIDDLE AGES; that fossils of the heresy can be found IN NUMEROUS WORKS OF ART AND LITERATURE; that it was vehemently attacked by the hierarchy of the established Church of Rome; and that IT SURVIVED IN SPITE OF RELENTLESS PERSECUTION.""