Thursday, August 9, 2012

You Don't Need to Justify Being Gay with Genetics

Gay Community: Stop letting yourselves get walked on like this! Stop letting the haters and Christians steer the debate. It's okay to be gay, and you don't need to appeal to your genes to justify it. Let me explain.

See, the whole debate about being gay has broken down into two camps in the United States. On the one side, you have the Christians who are complaining that homosexuality has broken one the laws of their god and of the Christian Bible. Beyond the idea that a god capable of the mass-murder (if you believe the Bible literally) of everyone in the world except for eight people has no moral authority to condemn anything, should the god in question be the one acting against the gay people if he's offended by it? I mean, if the Christian god is really so upset by people having homosexual sex, then let him start throwing lightning bolts at the gay people himself. He doesn't need a bunch of slack-jawed redneck yokels to do his job for him.

However, there is a problem on the other side as well. For some reason, the main argument from the gay community on the issue seems to be, "Look, we were born this way and we can't help being gay." While there is a growing body of scientific evidence to support this, I think this sells the gay position short. In my mind, who cares if gays were born that way or not?

People who practice any other kind of sex don't need to justify their actions. You can have a good religious couple who does all sorts of kinky crap in the bedroom (think 50 Shades of Grey), and they don't have to justify to anyone that their sexual proclivities come as a result of their genetics. I don't think I've ever heard someone who is into BDSM say, "Well, I only like it because I was born this way." They like it because ... well ... it gets them off. And, that's perfectly fine.

Similarly with gays, I know that there are people who are born that way, who are genuinely not attracted to the same sex. But, why can't there be other gay people who just enjoy that kind of sex? Personally, as a heterosexual male, I don't see the allure. However, I don't see the allure of 50 Shades either. I wouldn't want to get beaten during sex. But, hey, more power to the people who do like that.

So, gay people, next time you have the debate, say something like, "Sure, I was born this way ... but I also do it because I enjoy it. And, there's nothing wrong with that."

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