I have a backlog of blog posts that I've wanted to write, some of which will surely turn the tide of American culture. One of the topics I haven't gotten around to yet has been the nonsensical search for the "gay gene," or, simply put, that thing that proves that homosexuality is not a choice. I've long wondered, So what if it's a choice? Well, by golly, you've got hand it to the Los Angeles Times for publishing such an intelligent, eloquent opinion piece about this very issue. Some choice excerpts:
But insisting that homosexuality is wholly involuntary does little to defend gays and lesbians from social disapproval. After all, the subtext of the "choice" debate is that opposing gay rights is only appropriate if gays select their sexuality, since it is unfair to punish someone for something one does not control. Yet this reasoning raises a larger question: Why should equal treatment of gays and lesbians hinge on whether they have chosen or inherited their identities? Whether our DNA or our free will are "at fault" really only matters if being gay is a bad thing....
It is past time to retire the question of whether being gay is a choice -- not because it's been settled but because it never made sense in the first place....
Why not champion a homosexual's right to honor erotic, romantic and emotional callings in the same way, so long as doing so doesn't harm others? The concept of choice should be no more -- and no less -- applied to sexual orientation than to our religious, political or vocational identities.
It is this understanding of choice that embodies the noblest meaning of American freedom. It is a conception of freedom that invites us to choose to do what we think we ought -- to act in accordance with our deepest convictions.
And it's a notion of freedom with a long and celebrated history in American culture. The Pilgrims did not come to America seeking license -- permission to do anything they pleased -- but liberty -- the right to exercise their judgment as they saw fit. The freedom celebrated by Thomas Jefferson was the freedom to practice civic virtue, to behave the way one thought one should, not to live and let live. Ralph Waldo Emerson counseled self-reliance -- not so we could indulge our whims but so we could intuit our true callings and choose to pursue the paths that made us most ourselves.
What say you, readers?
[Read the entire article here.]