Debate:Homosexuality and free will

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Are there any elements of choice, when it comes to carrying out homosexual acts? Are homosexuals "born that way"? Would it outrage their personhood to suppress the desire to fornicate with a member of the same sex?

Dr. James Dobson, a Christian media personality and author, told Larry King:

I don’t blame homosexuals for being angry when people say they’ve made a choice to be gay, because they don’t. It usually comes out of very, very early childhood, and this is very controversial, but this is what I believe and many other people believe, that it has to do with an identity crisis that occurs too early to remember it, where a boy is born with an attachment to his mother and she is everything to him for about 18 months, and between 18 months and five years, he needs to detach from her and to reattach to his father. It’s a very important developmental task, and if his dad is gone or abusive or disinterested or maybe there’s just not a good fit there, what’s he going to do? He remains bonded to his mother ... [1]

Charles Socarides wrote:

What happens to those of us who stand up and object? Gay activists have already anticipated that. They have created a kind of conventional wisdom: that we suffer from homophobia, a disease that has actually been invented by gays projecting their own fear on society. And we are bigots besides, because, they say, we fail to deal with gays compassionately. Gays are now no different than people born black or Hispanic or physically challenged. Since gays are born that way and have no choice about their sexual orientation, anyone who calls same-sex sex an aberration is now a bigot. [2]

Firstly, I would like to point out that Socarides is either an idiot or someone with a very poor choice of words.

Secondly, homosexuality is not a "choice". You may be able to choose who you have sex with, but certainly not who you desire. ChrisQ 19:46, 5 March 2008 (EST)

You are wrong. Homosexuality is a lifestyle choice. The idea that it isn't is the result of liberal lies. --CRDJones 16:05, 10 June 2010 (EDT)

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