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?
I didn't choose to be straight. What reason do I have to believe people choose to be gay?
"God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my path violently and recklessly, all things which alter my plans and intentions, and change the course of my life, for better or for worse."
-C G Jung
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
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?
Not a choice. /personalexperience
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.
jallman: "It's all good. At least you have a thick skin and can take being poked fun back at without crying. "
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.