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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Defining Sexuality
Determining Sexual Orientation
Causes: Inborn (Nature)
Causes: Psychological (Nurture)
Changing Sexual Orientation
Religious Considerations
Homosexuality in Animals
Gay Germ Theory
Discrimination
Homophobia
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