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Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?
Born Gay? Origins of Sexual Orientation
Whether sexual orientation is a trait we are born with (nature) or is caused by the environment we are raised in (nurture) has been debated by scientists, religious leaders, elected officials, and the general public.

Proponents argue that sexual orientation, much like handedness or tongue curling, is determined by natural, immutable biological factors such as genes or hormones, and therefore gay people should be entitled to the same legal rights and protections as other human beings.

Opponents argue that homosexuality is a reversible and unfortunate lifestyle choice resulting from poor child-parent relationships, sexual abuse, brainwashing by pro-gay influences, or other developmental causes. Some contend that gay people should be denied marriage, discrimination protection, and social and religious acceptance.

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Whether sexual orientation is a trait we are born with (nature) or is caused by the environment we are raised in (nurture) has been debated by scientists, religious leaders, elected officials, and the general public.

Proponents argue that sexual orientation, much like handedness or tongue curling, is determined by natural, immutable biological factors such as genes or hormones, and therefore gay people should be entitled to the same legal rights and protections as other human beings.

Opponents argue that homosexuality is a reversible and unfortunate lifestyle choice resulting from poor child-parent relationships, sexual abuse, brainwashing by pro-gay influences, or other developmental causes. Some contend that gay people should be denied marriage, discrimination protection, and social and religious acceptance.


Born Gay ProCon.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit website that presents research, studies, and pro and con statements related to the origins of sexual orientation and the "nature vs. nurture” debate.

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CORE QUESTION
Defining Sexuality
Determining Sexual Orientation
Causes: Inborn (Nature)
Causes: Psychological (Nurture)
Changing Sexual Orientation
Religious Considerations
Homosexuality in Animals
Gay Germ Theory
Discrimination
Homophobia
Gay-Straight Alliances
Health Concerns
Should Gay Marriage be Legal?

Which States Allow Gay Marriage?

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Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?



Born Gay? Origins of Sexual Orientation
Whether sexual orientation is a trait we are born with (nature) or is caused by the environment we are raised in (nurture) has been debated by scientists, religious leaders, elected officials, and the general public.

Proponents argue that sexual orientation, much like handedness or tongue curling, is determined by natural, immutable biological factors such as genes or hormones, and therefore gay people should be entitled to the same legal rights and protections as other human beings.

Opponents argue that homosexuality is a reversible and unfortunate lifestyle choice resulting from poor child-parent relationships, sexual abuse, brainwashing by pro-gay influences, or other developmental causes. Some contend that gay people should be denied marriage, discrimination protection, and social and religious acceptance.

Core Question
Top 10 Pros & Cons
Did You Know?
Historical Timeline
Comments

Whether sexual orientation is a trait we are born with (nature) or is caused by the environment we are raised in (nurture) has been debated by scientists, religious leaders, elected officials, and the general public.

Proponents argue that sexual orientation, much like handedness or tongue curling, is determined by natural, immutable biological factors such as genes or hormones, and therefore gay people should be entitled to the same legal rights and protections as other human beings.

Opponents argue that homosexuality is a reversible and unfortunate lifestyle choice resulting from poor child-parent relationships, sexual abuse, brainwashing by pro-gay influences, or other developmental causes. Some contend that gay people should be denied marriage, discrimination protection, and social and religious acceptance.


Born Gay ProCon.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit website that presents research, studies, and pro and con statements related to the origins of sexual orientation and the "nature vs. nurture” debate.

Pros & Cons by Category
CORE QUESTION
Defining Sexuality
Determining Sexual Orientation
Causes: Inborn (Nature)
Causes: Psychological (Nurture)
Changing Sexual Orientation
Religious Considerations
Homosexuality in Animals
Gay Germ Theory
Discrimination
Homophobia
Gay-Straight Alliances
Health Concerns
Notices for Born Gay and Other ProCon.org Information (archived after 30 days)

5/18/2015 - ProCon.org, America's Most Popular Resource for the Pros and Cons of Issues, Expands to Serve More than 6,000 Schools – 6,152 teachers, librarians, and administrators in all 50 states and 80 countries have used ProCon.org in their educational materials. We found 3,092 high schools (50.3%), 1,718 elementary and middle schools (27.9%), and 1,342 colleges and universities (21.8%) where educators referenced ProCon.org. The lesson plan ideas and teacher reactions to using ProCon.org are available in our Teachers' Corner. If you are an educator, please take our 2-minute survey and let us know how you use ProCon.org!

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