Rubio is right: Sexual orientation is no 'choice'

Sen. Marco Rubio wants to be president. To do that he’s got to sound reasonable.

The young Florida Republican, by golly, is starting to get some traction on the reasonableness bandwagon.

One’s sexual orientation, he said today on “Face the Nation,” is not a choice. It’s who that person is.

Good call, senator.

He stops short of endorsing gay marriage, though. He believes marriage should be a union involving a man and a woman. He says he favors “traditional” marriage.

I am heartened, though, to understand that he does not buy into the tripe being tossed around that someone states a “preference” for being intimate with someone else. I’ve long believed sexual orientation — whether it’s heterosexual or homosexual — is part of a person’s DNA.

I’m glad to see that Marco Rubio understands it, too.

Now, if we can just get him to change his mind about normalizing relations with Cuba …


2 thoughts on “Rubio is right: Sexual orientation is no 'choice'”

  1. I posted this on your earlier post on this subject. It’s still relevant and your readers should see it so they can better understand the issue:

    The American Psychiatric Association, while saying a person’s sexuality is not a choice, does not simply jump to the conclusion homosexuality is built into a person’s DNA. Neither does the person who has come out with the strongest link between sexuality and DNA. He only says a person’s genes account for 30-40 percent of a person’s sexuality. But what would you know. You’re not a scientist. You just ridicule and name call those who actually study the science on this subject (I’d know being someone you accused of homophobia on this subject, despite being more progressive than you regarding civil rights for gays/lesbians).

    You say scientific evidence says someone’s sexual orientation is built into their DNA. Prove it. My sources are below. Where are yours?

    American Psychiatric Association: “There is no consensus among scientists about the exact reasons that an individual develops a heterosexual, bisexual, gay or lesbian orientation. No findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors. Many think that nature and nurture both play complex roles; most people experience little or no sense of choice about their sexual orientation.”

    Dr Michael Bailey, Northwestern University in Chicago: “Our findings suggest there may be genes at play. But it is not completely determinative; there are certainly other environmental factors involved.”
    Genetic factors account for between 30% and 40% of what decides whether a man is gay or straight, the researcher says.

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