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    Re: Is Homosexuality A Choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by Baralis View Post
    I selected maybe.


    I don't think it is always a clear cut you are born one way or another. I believe that factors other then genetics or brain function probably play a role for some. Environment, life experiences, or other factors may play a part for some.
    "Maybe" is basically where I stand these days, as well. A lot of factors, imho, could possibly determine it.

    I just don't know...

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    Re: Is Homosexuality A Choice?

    No, and I'm struggling to see the significance of the hypothetical discovery that it is a choice. Does the fact that we can bully others into repressing their actual desires alter how they should be treated or viewed from a social or legal viewpoint?

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    Re: Is Homosexuality A Choice?

    I didn't choose to be straight. What reason do I have to believe people choose to be gay?

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    Re: Is Homosexuality A Choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightrider View Post
    Simply vote and discuss whether you believe that homosexuals have a choice in the matter, or were simply born that way, with no choice whatsoever.
    I think in some cases, yes, and in many cases no. The most common type I see, in which I believe there is choice, is in women who have been in bad or dysfunctional relationships with men, then out of a need for intimacy in a relationship, turn to other women, rather than risking another mistake with a man. I tend to think this is the exception rather than the rule. With my niece, who is lesbian, there is absolutely no question in my mind that it was not a choice.
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    Re: Is Homosexuality A Choice?

    I don't believe it's a "choice" in the notion that one can go "I Choose to be homosexual" or "I choose to be straight". I do believe it can manifest itself in a person in ways other than pure genetics, ie that environmental factors can also help to usher in the feelings of attraction

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    Re: Is Homosexuality A Choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gardener View Post
    I would think that any heterosexual who believes homosexualty is a choice test out their theory by choosing homosexuality for a little while to see how well that works out for them.

    Should be an easy matter if there is anything to their opinion.
    Go ahead. Go for it. You go right ahead and then let us know how that works out.

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    Re: Is Homosexuality A Choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by a351 View Post
    No, and I'm struggling to see the significance of the hypothetical discovery that it is a choice. Does the fact that we can bully others into repressing their actual desires alter how they should be treated or viewed from a social or legal viewpoint?
    Let's hypothetically say that I'm gay and am struggling to accept myself.

    I would answer your question by saying "No, absolutely not. Gays deserve equal treatment under the law and those whom try to bully them should be dealt with under the law." In fact - and this remains hypothetical - I may have a civil case against a few "old fashioned" shrinks I've seen, who have known about my homosexual tendencies and tried to "bury it" by converting me (or trying to, rather) to being straight.

    Fact of the matter is, I just don't know if I am or not - and if I have a choice or not. Get me drift?

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    Re: Is Homosexuality A Choice?

    Not a choice. /personalexperience

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    Re: Is Homosexuality A Choice?

    Yes it CAN be a choice, or it can be inherent, depending on the individual. Regardless of choice or not, it should be legal, their committed unions should be recognized as marriage, and they should not be unduly discriminated against. USA is afterall the land of freedom to choose, so long as no harm is done to others, or so it's billed to be. Today we are a step closer to not having to argue about choice or not, but to accept those that feel they have no choice and those that have chosen.
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    Re: Is Homosexuality A Choice?

    I voted no, as in homosexuality is not a choice, but is genetically driven. However, let me add an important qualification:

    The history of the pre-Christian Greco-Roman cultures leaves no doubt that bisexuality was considered normal, at least among males. You can Google the sex lives of Solon, Alexander and Caesar on that note, and some authorities would add Socrates and Plato, among others. Even the Gods could be queer: see Zeus and Ganymede. Those historical facts establish that most men possess a significant genetically-driven potential for homosexuality.

    That potential can be largely repressed, as it seems to have been among the ancient Jews, who scarcely allude to it in their scriptures. Perhaps the Jews' existence first as a tiny wandering minority and then as small-fry nations depended more than elsewhere on every man doing his exclusive utmost to contribute to high birth rates. In any case, homosexuality came to be considered taboo by all Abrahamic religions. That taboo persisted until the last few decades of the 20th century. It is now being shattered in Christian societies, while persisting nearly as strong as ever in Muslim societies.

    Personally I wish the whole issue would just go away, but it has been on an upward curve for my whole adult life, and it does not look like that is going to change any time in the foreseeable future.

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