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  •  I have never understood (1+ / 0-)
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    Panbanisha

    why it should even matter whether or not it's a choice.

    I realize that this is a sensitive topic, because so much of the gay-rights movement is based on the idea that people are born gay and have no choice in the matter. But seriously, what difference does it make?

    Whether somebody is compelled by genetics to sleep with people of the same sex, or they simply decide to try it one day; either way, it does no harm to me or to anyone else. So what does it matter?

    (My own opinion is that people are born with a tendency in one direction or another, but that tendency is weak and can sometimes be overridden by choice or environment. I decided this because people do occasionally switch sides.)

    •  I think it's not an either/or thing (1+ / 0-)
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      More of a sliding scale.

      Some people are more at one extreme or the other, and others fall closer to the middle, with the middle being no strong preference for one gender over the other.

      Those without a strong preference can be more swayed by circumstances or societal pressures.

      That said, I think most people have a preference.

      Absolutely no science that I know of to prove any of that, but it would logically make sense.

    •  Good Question (0+ / 0-)

      By this "logic", there's no problem with anti-Semitism (if Jews don't like it, they can always convert to some other religion).

      On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog... but everybody knows if you're a jackass.

      by stevemb on Thu Jul 11, 2013 at 06:48:11 PM PDT

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    •  The question of whether or not it's a choice (0+ / 0-)

      will no longer be considered relevant as soon as there's nobody left who believes it's in any way a wrong thing to do.

      (Not, mind you, as soon as there's nobody left who believes that it's their business to make other people stop doing it.  That day, I believe, is probably coming sooner.)

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