1IS SEXUAL IDENTITY FIXED? RESPONDING TO THE WILDFIRE MYTH OF ‘GENETICHOMOSEXUALITY’As a youth pastor, I am in the front lines of the culture war. The number of questions wereceive, from sex to salvation, are quite diverse. Having an open question policy, a student of mine recently approached me with the following. A friend from school had made the statementthat homosexuality was genetic, and thus fixed and unchanging. The friend had quoted an articlefrom the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay-friendly activist organization within the RepublicanParty, as proof.
Within this article were numerous studies by researchers and psychologists I hadnever heard of. However, understanding God's revelation on sexual morality, and the seriousthreat immorality poses upon both society and faith, I sought to do some research and providemy student with an answer. What I discovered was simply shocking: "contrary to what manyAmericans believe, there are no replicated scientific studies demonstrating that homosexuality isdetermined by biological or genetic factors."
From here I began to pour through the research and dig through various journals and studies,finding this statement affirmed within the scientific record. I had written these findings in a shortessay and provided them to my student to share with his friend. This essay was then posted onmy Facebook, with the following remarks from friends: Female 1: "The fact that you are arguingthat homosexuals CHOOSE this life style is hatred in itself," Female 1: "But the Bible says
The article in question is Chandler Burrs “The Only Question that Matters: Do People Choose their Sexual Orientation?”http://online.logcabin.org/talking_points/Burr_White_Paper.html
Glenn T. Stanton and Dr. Bill Maier,
Marriage on Trial: The Case for Same-Sex Marriage and Parenting
(Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2004): 138