Thanks to Fairfax for the opportunity to respond to the recent opinion piece by Joshua Drummond.
The basic premise of that piece was that I had no scientific evidence for saying that adopting a gay lifestyle was a choice and so must rather be making a comment from a religious perspective. That in turn led to some rather odious comparisons being made. I have never met Mr Drummond that I am aware of, but I would like to suggest that as a freelance writer he should acquaint himself with something known as ‘‘fact checking’’.
So to help Mr Dummond out and set the record straight here are some facts.
First Fact: I do hold the view, based on research, that adopting a gay lifestyle is a choice.
Given my recent fame many have now shared with me their own story. It is an honour to be so trusted. People’s choices around relationships and sexuality are very personal and sometimes very sad and/or difficult. I will not replay personal stories in a public forum except to say that each story is unique and experiences are wide ranging with choices being influenced by many factors.
Second Fact: I have made it very clear that I am nobody’s judge and jury and the Conservative Party recognizes the freedom of individuals to make their own choices around sexuality. Yes I am opposed to changing the definition of marriage and also to same sex couples adopting children when a Mum and Dad option is available. My opposition is based on sound reasoning which I have explained and will continue to do so.
Third Fact: I have said that to believe that all gays were born that way is narrowminded and ignores the facts and research. For those genuinely interested (and again to help my friend Mr Dummond) here are just a few of many research works worth considering: For a start I highly recommend looking at the work of the Human Genome Project.
Frankly these are some of the best minds when it comes to genetic makeup and it’s influences. They looked specifically at genetics and causality. Dr Collins the head of the project team summarises by saying ‘‘.. sexual orientation is genetically influenced but not hardwired by DNA and that whatever genes are involved represent predispositions, not predeterminations’’.
As well here are some authors/researchers that have written about this issue. Please note that I am only quoting authors who are either Gay or bisexual themselves (except perhaps for Greenberg who describes himself as a ‘‘social liberal"). It cannot therefore be claimed that they have any bias against gay people in what they have said. My best suggestion for those interested is to try and get these books through your local library.
Kirk and Madsen. (After the Ball [Book]) .. ‘‘..sexual orientation, for most humans, seems to be a product of a complex interaction between innate pre-dispositions and environmental factors during childhood and early adolescence.’’ Dr j de Cecco. If you seduce a straight person can you make then Gay? [Book]) ‘‘ ..scientific conclusion shows that life-long, exclusive homosexuality, as articulated by gay rhetoric, is more a statement about the culture in which it occurs than the essence of homosexuality.’’
Dr. V Williams (Queer by choice [Book]) ‘‘ my conclusions question some of the fundamental basis upon which the gay and lesbian rights movement has been built’’.
Jennie Ruby (Off our Backs [Book]) ‘‘.. I don’t think lesbians are born .. I think they are made’’.
Dr Golomok/Dr Tasker (Do parents influence the Sexual Orientation of their children?
Findings from a longitudinal study of Lesbian Families. [Research study: Developmental Pyschology 1999v.32] ) Outcomes: 15% of children in Lesbian families went on to have same sex relationships compared to 0% from heterosexual families.
Jan Clausen (Apples and Oranges [Book]) ‘‘ What has got to stop is the rigging of history to make the ‘‘either/or’’ look permanent and universal’’.
Dr D Greenberg (The construction of Homosexuality [Book/Research]). Comment by Chicago University: ‘‘The idea of static homosexual orientation or essence simply does not hold up against the huge variety of homosexual, bisexual and heterosexual patterns.’’
So please let’s have an informed debate. Research should not be feared or ignored, instead let it support us in making good decisions for our great country. The Conservative Party will be releasing more research relevant to the debate in due course.
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Let’s finish with a quote from Cynthia Nixon (Sex in the City). ‘‘I gave a speech recently, an empowerment speech to a gay audience, and it included the line ’I’ve been straight and I’ve been gay, and gay is better.’ And they tried to get me to change it, because they said it implies that homosexuality can be a choice. And for me, it is a choice’’.
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