Hold up. So the fact that it is a combination of genetic, hormonal and environmental influences means that it isn't a choice how exactly? Following that criteria, what IS a choice? Is the preference for pepper jack over swiss not a combination of genetic, hormonal and environmental factors? What other factors are there? How about the preference for sprite over 7up? genetic, hormonal, and environmental factors influence every choice we make.Sexual orientation probably is not determined by any one factor but by a combination of genetic, hormonal, and environmental influences.
To what extent genetics factors in would vary by person I suspect, and it'd be something that anyone other than that person could never truly understand the power of. Whether it was a deeply compelling preference or a mild preference is something we're not in a position to lay judgement upon. I don't think we're in a position to judge to what extent the genetic preferences matter.
What we can tell is that genetics do indeed matter.
A question regarding the recent discussion: How does whether or not being gay is a choice have anything to do with legalizing gay marriage?
Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
It matters because if it's genetic, it undermines a considerable chunk of the Bible, which frankly, can't tolerate much more debunking.
If this argument is undermined, the church stands to lose a great deal of authority, power, economic resources, credibility, influence and support. It would be a pretty devastating blow to the church.
As a result, the church itself has a vested interest in preventing the scientific evidence from being accepted by the general population, and standing firmly against gay marriage.
So I disagree with Panache. The two interests (the church and genetic catalysts to homosexuality) do indeed contradict each other. Not as an act of nature or logic, but rather as a pragmatic of the circumstance.
Genetics also determines whether or not I can tolerate the taste of certain foods. Just because I'm not alergic to them doesn't mean I don't think they're disgusting. Oysters are a good example for me personally. If I had to eat those every day, I'd probably come pretty close to starving.
On the contrary, I LOVE BBQ ribs. If I smell them I go nuts and pretty much will do whatever I can to get some within the realm of reason.
Genetics determines all sorts of things, including who I am compatible with for feelings of love and in some cases hate.
In some cases it's a simple and mundane preference - Pepsi versus Coke. In other cases however, the genetics that we each carry can be pretty damned compelling.