Whether sexual orientation is a trait we are born with (nature) or is caused by the environment we are raised in (nurture) has been hotly debated by scientists, religious leaders, elected officials, and the general public. Some people who believe that homosexuality is a personality disorder and a choice say that gay people should not be entitled to marriage and adoption rights, discrimination and hate crime protection, and social and religious acceptance. Others claim that homosexuality is a biological characteristic that is unchangeable and to deny those individuals civil rights is similar to discriminating based on race or gender. We feel that our pro-con format is well suited to explore this debate in further detail.
PRO Born Gay
CON Born Gay
PRO: Proponents feel that sexual orientation is determined naturally by genes or hormones, and most believe that it can not be changed. They believe that because homosexuality is something people are born with, these individuals are entitled to the same legal rights and protections as any other person, such as marriage and protection from discrimination.
CON: Opponents believe that homosexuality is a lifestyle choice resulting from poor child-parent relationships, being a victim of sexual abuse, or other developmental causes. Some argue that legal rights should not be extended to homosexuals because they have chosen this lifestyle, and they sometimes suggest methods of changing homosexual orientation including therapy and prayer.