Friday, November 23, 2012

Is homosexuality a choice? Does it matter?

It is amazing how much time is spent on the question of how much choice a persons has in their sexual orientation.  Here is a great article from Scientific American on the issue.

Is Homosexuality a Choice?

Ask this question, and you will probably receive one of two responses:
Yes. People choose to be gay. They are making an immoral choice, which government should discourage. 
No. Sexual preference is biologically determined. Government should protect gay people from discrimination because homosexuality is an unalterable aspect of their identity.
These two answers have something in common: With both of them, the science conveniently supports the moral decision.
Although I find the question fascinating from a scientific viewpoint, it is a question that ultimately just shouldn't matter.  Even if sexual orientation was a choice, does that change anything?  Why would that make it any more or less acceptable?  Why someones sexuality matters to anyone else is something I have just never understood.  Why should I care who someone is attracted to?  How does the sexual orientation of someone else matter to me?

I just don't understand why people discriminate based on sexual orientation.  I can understand how someone might think homosexuality is a sin but there are plenty of other sins that people do all the time and it doesn't result in nearly the same amount of outrage.  Can someone please explain why sexual orientation is still such a big deal?