Republican 2016 presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio said Sunday that he does not believe homosexuality is a choice. He claims that it’s “something that people are born with.” He also said he believes marriage should be “between one man and one woman.” So which is it? Sen. Rubio seems to be playing both ends against the middle.
There are no scientific studies that demonstrate that same-sexuality is something people are born with and can’t change. There are many people who have engaged in same-sex sexuality who no longer do.
Consider the transformational story of Rosaria Champagne Butterfield who was a committed lesbian radical.
“In 1999, Rosaria Champagne Butterfield was a tenured English professor at Syracuse University, a skeptic of all things Christianity, and in a committed lesbian relationship. Her academic specialty was Queer Theory, a postmodern form of gay and lesbian studies.
“Today Butterfield is a mother of four, a homemaker, and wife of a Presbyterian pastor named Kent. They live in Durham, North Carolina.”
Sinful desires are always with us. Acting on them is the issue. Although Rosaria is a married mother, she “says her former life ‘lurks in the edges of my heart, shiny and still like a knife.’”
Read about her remarkable story in The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor’s Journey into Christian Faith.
Even studies of twins do not provide any evidence that same-sex sexuality is an innate predisposition.
“Eight major studies of identical twins in Australia, the U.S., and Scandinavia during the last two decades all arrive at the same conclusion: gays were not born that way. . . . Identical twins have the same genes or DNA. They are nurtured in equal prenatal conditions. If homosexuality is caused by genetics or prenatal conditions and one twin is gay, the co-twin should also be gay. ‘Because they have identical DNA, it ought to be 100%,” Dr. Neil Whitehead notes. But the studies reveal something else. ‘If an identical twin has same-sex attraction the chances the co-twin has it are only about 11% for men and 14% for women.’
“A significant twin study among adolescents shows an even weaker genetic correlation. In 2002 Bearman and Brueckner studied tens of thousands of adolescent students in the U.S. The same-sex attraction concordance between identical twins was only 7.7% for males and 5.3% for females—lower than the 11% and 14% in the Australian study by Bailey et al conducted in 2000.”
Psychiatrists William Byne and Bruce Parsons wrote in Archives of General Psychiatry (March 1993) that, “Critical review shows the evidence favoring a biologic theory to be lacking … In fact, the current trend may be to underrate the explanatory power of extant psychosocial models.” In other words, nurture plays a greater role in sexual preference than homosexual activists want you to believe.
But let’s assume that people who practice same-sex sexuality have a genetic predisposition. Does this mean that the behavior should be normalized? A number of studies have come up with claims that aggression is genetic.
“Some of us, it seems, were just born to be bad. Scientists say they are on the verge of pinning down genetic and biochemical abnormalities that predispose their bearers to violence. An article in the journal Science . . . carried the headline EVIDENCE FOUND FOR POSSIBLE ‘AGGRESSION’ GENE.”1
Should aggression be normalized because it might have a genetic cause?
How about racism? It might have an evolutionary origin. How can people be blamed if they evolved that way?
“Is racism simply human nature or something learned from society? Neither, says a team of psychologists who, despite criticism, argue that racism represents an accidental side effect of evolution.”2
Pedophiles argue that they were made that way. They claim that the feelings they have for underage children are normal for them while they may not be normal for others. This was the same argument that the late homosexual writer John Boswell used in his defense of same-sex sexuality. He tried to make his case by appealing to the Bible’s book of Romans (1:26-27). What’s natural for one person (heterosexuality) may be unnatural for another person (homosexuality). “Natural” is what feels natural for each of us. The “sin,” Boswell argued, was someone who was “naturally” a homosexual engaged in heterosexual sex.
I’m sorry to say that Sen. Marco Rubio has not thought through this issue. If he so desires, I would be glad to discuss the topic with him.
- Dennis Overbye, “Born to Raise Hell?,” Time (February 21, 1994), 76. [↩]
- Dan Vergano, “Racism may have evolutionary link,” USA Today (December 11, 2001), 11. [↩]