What causes sexual orientation? Nature or Nurture....?
Important note: This is what we call providing actual backing for our opinions
The page linked contains a wealth of information, and shows basically that it is pretty impossible to state for sure one way or the other whether homosexuality is genetic or environmental. You want us to assume that you are right and that it is strictly environmental, while offering zero evidence. If you really want to play the game, I suggest you start rounding up sources, but I promise you that I can match you source for source, and we will end up with a draw. The causes of homosexuality are not known for sure, and to state that you are right, as a fact, is pure hubris. You may be convinced you are right, but then again, I am pretty confident I am right too, that there are a number of causes of sexual orientation, and the fact there is a variety of causes is why the research is so conflicted.Conflicting quotations -- two from each "side:"
- "There is no scientific data that substantiates a genetic or biologic basis for same-sex attraction. Anybody can change." Richard Cohen, at the year 2000 PFOX, (Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays) convention.
- "Homosexuality & heterosexuality are likely to be the result of an interaction of several different factors, including genetics, hormonal & environmental factors. Psychological & social influences alone cannot cause homosexuality." PFLAG Oakland - East Bay.
- "To date, all information and studies involving genetics have proven homosexuality to be environmental, not genetic." PFOX web site.
- "Research suggests that the homosexual orientation is in place very early in the life cycle, possibly even before birth. It is found in about ten percent of the population, a figure which is surprisingly constant across cultures, irrespective of the different moral values and standards of a particular culture." Statement on Homosexuality, American Psychological Association, 1994-JUL.
By the way, the website I linked to as a whole(ReligiousTolerance.org by the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance) is an awesome website, even if you disagree with the overall concept. They offer a ton of documentation and do a fair job of presenting opposing views. Highly recommended. And, credit where credit is due, I got the link from a CaptainCourtesy post.