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    Re: Is Homosexuality A Choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by chromium View Post
    What i always notice in these polls is that gay people will all say it's not a choice and then a subset of heteros who think they know better, undoubtedly because they are homophobes, will say it is. Do we learn anything new from that?
    Has nothing at all to do with being any kind of "homophobe." Nice try at demonizing with no substance.
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    Re: Is Homosexuality A Choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by chromium View Post
    What i always notice in these polls is that gay people will all say it's not a choice and then a subset of heteros who think they know better, undoubtedly because they are homophobes, will say it is. Do we learn anything new from that?
    I would only agree there might be evidence to support your claim if and only if everyone who suggests it is or might be choice, also thought that choice should be limited. I count so far three of us who believe it might be choice or might not, but that even if it is a choice, it should be recognized and honored similarly to all hetero relationships. Therefore your premise fails on a grand scale.
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    Re: Is Homosexuality A Choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    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.
    And yet there are many who don't. It seems like some people are wired for it, and some are not.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    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
    Kind of the same way that a person comes by a favorite color, or a particular taste in music. It's not something you choose overtly, but it develops as a result of who you are.

    Quote Originally Posted by Papa bull View Post
    Funny thing is that a lot of homosexuals have done just that, including a close relative. Seems to bear out that it is a choice.
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    Re: Is Homosexuality A Choice?

    I don't think so. I have a similar view of alcoholism, having a volatile temper, compulsive over eating, etc.
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    Re: Is Homosexuality A Choice?

    All sexual behavior is choice. However, inclination, attraction, likes, dislikes - some inborn, some environmental, combo of nature and nurture.

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    Re: Is Homosexuality A Choice?

    Isn't for guys, is for girls.

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    Is Homosexuality A Choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by Black Manta View Post
    I had no choice in being black. I had no choice in being born male. I did not pick the ethnicity of my parents. The law must recognize and take into account things that are not in our control. Who we are attracted to choice or not we have very little control over. Equal protection for all under the law is not the same as riding a motorcycle on the bike path. That kind of reasoning is what allowed Jim Crow laws etc to be allowed for too long in this country.

    Then to top it off you end with sorry about your luck? Wow, just wow.
    Who or what you are attracted to might or might not be your choice, as in preference, but the state doesn't have to approve even if it's not your choice. If you are attracted to children, relatives or animals, the state isn't obliged to accommodate your "involuntary desire" that you have little control over.
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    Re: Is Homosexuality A Choice?

    I'd argue that it is not a choice in the majority of cases. However, that being said, I wouldn't deny the possibility that certain individuals might take up the lifestyle purely as a matter of counter-cultural personal preference either.

    After all, there are plenty of fetishes out there far stranger than same sex coupling which require no innate biological compulsion to pursue. Why would homosexuality necessarily be an exception to that rule?

    Human beings can have a tendency to gravitate towards the more depraved ends of sexual spectrum with disturbing ease when left to their own devices. History has more than proven that.
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    Re: Is Homosexuality A Choice?

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    Re: Is Homosexuality A Choice?

    I never woke up one day and just decided to be gay; I just am and I voted no.

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