Born Gay?
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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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Changing Sexual Orientation
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Homosexuality in Animals
Gay Germ Theory
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3/23/2015 - UPDATED - Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth? - Read pro and con quotes from James C. Hormel, former United States Ambassador to Luxembourg (pro), Dr. Camille Paglia, University Professor of Humanities & Media Studies at the University of the Arts (con), Dr. Simon LeVay, neurologist and Co-Founder of the Institute of Gay and Lesbian Education (pro), Dr. Richard C. Friedman, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Cornell University (con), and many other experts and organizations.

3/4/2015 - US Department of Labor Cites ProCon.org for Its 'Up-to-Date Information' on Same-Sex Marriage - Another example of the utility and credibility of ProCon.org at the highest levels of government. To date, 24 international governments, 30 US state governments, and 10 federal agencies have referenced ProCon.org research.

3/3/2015 - 20 Lesson Plan Ideas with Common Core Correlations – Free curricula to help teach counterargument, distinguish fact from opinion, analyze primary sources, build research speed, and other thoughtful lessons related to critical thinking. Lessons are listed by grade level and include adaptations and Common Core standards met.

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